COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Impact Team members were conducting directed patrols in the 3400 block of Parkmoor Village Drive when they contact two people in a vehicle which displayed license plates that did not belong on it.

According to police, a third subject had been standing outside of the vehicle and walked away from it upon seeing the officers. As officers approached the car, they saw a large knife on the floorboard, behind the driver’s seat.

Officers conducted pat down searches of the occupants for their safety. During the pat downs, officers discovered a large bag containing several, smaller, tightly wrapped bags with suspected methamphetamine in them.

The occupants of the vehicle Jesus Robledo-Flores, 23 and Matilda Subia-Garcia, 50, were arrested for illegal distribution of methamphetamine.

A search of the vehicle yielded another bag containing suspected methamphetamine. Officers recovered a total of approximately 6.5 ounces of methamphetamine.



Federal prosecutors said a Fishtail man trafficked at least 178 pounds of methamphetamine he stored in packages on nearby property and shipped hundreds of thousands of dollars in drug proceeds stashed in a truck back to his Arizona supplier.

Two other people also have been indicted in the meth investigation that led to charges against Merrill Clark Gardner, 61.55883f8c6f53f_image

Gardner pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in Billings to conspiracy to possess meth for distribution. A plea deal calls for a second count of possession with intent to distribute to be dismissed and for Gardner to consent to forfeiture of property identified by the government.

Under a forfeiture count, Gardner faces losing his residence at 17 Delger Road, $103,340 in currency and miscellaneous gold and silver coins as property prosecutors say was used in or helped with the commission of crimes.

Gardner also faces a minimum mandatory 10 years to life in prison and a $10 million fine.

U.S. District Judge Susan Watters set sentencing for March 3 and denied a plea from Gardner to be released pending sentencing so he could spend time with his 4-year-old son.

In an emotional statement at the end of the hearing, Gardner apologized saying he was “truly sorry” for his actions and was taking responsibility. He said he’s lost everything “in the blink of an eye. I am ashamed of myself.”

While admitting the charges, Gardner said he was “not the kingpin, long-time criminal the prosecution says I am.”

Earlier in the hearing, Gardner disputed the 178 pounds of meth, saying the quantity was smaller and that other people were involved as well.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Colin Rubich said Clark was an “active distributor” of meth from about January 2013 until June 18, 2015, when the federal Drug Enforcement Administration received information that a Billings man was distributing meth for Gardner.

After buying meth several times from the man, the DEA convinced him to become an informant in its investigation of Gardner. The informant told agents that when he needed more meth, he’d contact Gardner and go to his Fishtail residence where Gardner provided large quantities to distribute, Rubich said.

Under the DEA’s direction, the informant met with Gardner on June 17 at Gardner’s home to discuss meth distribution. During the meeting, Gardner left his property to get meth for the informant, Rubich said.

Investigators saw Gardner leave and return about 30 minutes later, when he gave the informant about 1¼ pounds of meth. The informant turned over the meth to DEA agents at a pre-arranged meeting place. Field tests were positive for meth.

The next day, investigators served a federal search warrant on Gardner’s property. While conducting the search, Gardner arrived as a passenger in his truck, which was driven by Brett Wade Clouse, a co-defendant and associate of Gardner’s.

In the truck, agents found another 1¼ pounds of meth that was wrapped like the meth the informant had received.

Clouse told investigators he had driven Gardner to another residence, at 123 Nye Cemetery Road in Nye. During a consent search of that property, agents found three more packages wrapped in duct tape with each package containing about 1¼ pounds of meth. The packages were in a garbage can containing sawdust, the prosecution said earlier.

The investigators interviewed the tenant, Bill Meyer, who admitted he had allowed Gardner to store meth on his property. Meyer has not been charged.

Clouse, Rubich said, told agents that beginning in about January 2013, he acted as Gardner’s courier and made seven trips to Tucson, Ariz., in Gardner’s truck to get meth.

Gardner would hide about $200,000 or tell Clouse to hide the cash in the truck’s door panels, Rubich said. Clouse would meet Gardner’s source in Tucson, where the source would take the truck, remove the cash and conceal between 22 pounds to 26 pounds of meth for delivery back to Gardner.

Clouse told agents he transported about 178 pounds of meth in the seven trips, Rubich said.

Clouse, 36, of Absarokee, has pleaded not guilty to four counts, including conspiracy and possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, in a separate indictment.

A magistrate judge on Monday released Clouse from custody on conditions pending trial.

A third person, Rinda Lee Morgan, 42, of Helena, also indicted with Clouse, has pleaded not guilty to charges.

The IRS also participated in the investigation.



DALLAS — An investigation by federal, state and local officials has led to drug charges against 54 people associated with white supremacist organizations.

According to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office in Dallas, the 54 have been charged with federal crimes arising from their participation in a drug distribution operation in North Texas from January 2013 through this month. Two of the 54 are still fugitives.

A previous phase of the investigation in 2014 led to the arrests of 37 members and associates of white supremacist groups on similar drug charges. All were convicted. One remains a fugitive.

The federal statement says the suspects are associated with such groups as the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, the Aryan Circle, the White Knights and the Peckerwoods.



SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – It’s very clear that members of ISIS have no regard for human life, including their own.

But what’s driving this level of evil?

They claim it’s a holy war, a Jihad against Infidels.

As it turns out, most of them are also “Jihad Junkies,” addicted to a turbo-charged form of meth.

The drug is called “Captagon.”

By all estimates, the Captagon cartel makes hundreds of millions of dollars a year, the second biggest money maker in the Middle East next to oil.

This drug is even sold to members of the Saudi royal family, which means the royals are supporting ISIS, at least financially.

Captagon is not only the money maker that fuels their reign of terror, it’s also the fuel for extreme madness.

It’s said that most members of ISIS are addicted to Captagon, a drug that keeps you awake for three days at a time.

This may help explain the unprecedented level of evil seen from ISIS.

Instead of a war fueled by religious beliefs, turns out, it’s fueled by a turbo-charged version of meth.

So along with bombing their hiding spots and oil reserve, there’s a new target, drug factories that line their pockets and fuel their fighters.



KALISPELL – The recent rise of meth use in in the Flathead Valley can cause damage that permeates a community.

Reports of increased meth use, and its connections to the thefts and property damages around the area raises the question – just how much more damage and liabilities these illegal activities are costing our community?

Allied 24/7 Restoration owner Tim Price says that when a meth lab cleanup takes place the bill can run as high as $85,000. “The insurance support for doing this kind of cleanup was moving rapidly away and was leaving landlords and homeowners without the financial means to pay for the level of cleanup that was necessary,” he explained.

Community Action Partnership of Northwest Montana Housing Director Maren McCleary says she has been working in the industry for over 15 years and that in her experience in previous roles, it would be much more challenging to recover from such an event – especially if responsibilities lay on just one party. “But if you have federal funding, there is definitely an incentive as an agency to do that but as an individual, there really isn’t a lot to hold their feet to the fire, the big issue is the expense; it’s the cost,” McCleary said.

Montana Department of Environmental Quality Meth Cleanup Bureau Chief Ed Thamke says legislators created a cleanup act in 2005 to help combat the hundreds of meth labs across Montana, but adds it does have a few limitations.

“The law does not apply to consumption of methamphetamine; it’s just the manufacture of methamphetamine; and the methamphetamine arousals imprint the floor space in the structure then the Department of Environmental Equality has no statutory ability to work with the property owners and subsequent occupants to restore that property,” told MTN News.

If you suspect any suspicious activities in your area, don’t hesitate to report it to the police. You can also do this anonymously on their website.




CARSON CITY, NV – Carson City Sheriff deputies have arrested the father of a 4-year-old boy after the boy was taken to a hospital and tested positive for methamphetamine on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015.

The Sheriff’s Office says it happened about 5:45 PM, when deputies were called to the Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center regarding a report of child abuse.

When officers arrived, they learned that a 4-year-old boy had been brought into the Emergency Room late in the afternoon suffering from hallucinations and presumably mentally ill.

A routine toxicology test revealed the boy was actively high on methamphetamine and suffering from the effects.

The boy had been taken from the hospital by his parents who were believed to be transporting him to a Reno area hospital.

Sheriff’s Deputies and the Special Enforcement Team members went to the home of the boy at the 1900 block of Molly Drive in North Carson City. Both parents and the boy were home. No other children were present. A search of the residence turned up approximately one ounce of methamphetamine.

Deputies then arrested 27-year-old Pedro Montanez on suspicion of child endangerment and possession of trafficking levels of a controlled substance. A criminal history check found that Montanez had previously been deported from the United States. Montanez and the child’s mother are not married.

The mother was not taken into custody and both the mother and Montanez continue to cooperate with investigators.

Although the boy remains under medical care, Child Protective Services has taken custody of him and is implementing a “safety plan”.



HOPKINS COUNTY, KY – Five people were arrested early Friday morning after a cell phone accidentally called 911.

The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office says dispatchers could hear people discussing illegal drug activity during the phone call.

The call was tracked to 243B Morris Siks Road in Madisonville, Kentucky.

When deputies arrived, they found drug paraphernalia and the people inside the home tried to hide.

Methamphetamine was located along with needles.

Five people were arrested and charged.

30-year-old Marc Whitaker from Madisonville, Kentucky charged with possession of a controlled substance 1st degree methamphetamine, tampering with physical evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia, promoting contraband, giving an officer a false name, contempt of court, and flagrant non-support.

42-year-old Brian Robards of Madisonville, Kentucky charged with possession of a controlled substance 1st degree methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and tampering with physical evidence.

33-year-old Christopher Geary of Madisonville, Kentucky charged with possession of a controlled substance 1st degree methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and tampering with physical evidence.

37-year-old Jonda Munoz of Earlington, Kentucky charged with possession of a controlled substance 1st degree methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and tampering with physical evidence.

32-year-old Stephanie Vannoy of Earlington, Kentucky charged with possession of a controlled substance 1st degree methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and tampering with physical evidence.



John Wolf, a dentist in the Chelsea section of Manhattan, is well known in the neighborhood — not only for his popular, light-filled offices, but also for his AIDS activism. He studied the disease in dentistry school, according to his Google profile, and as a practicing dentist in the 1980s he brought, and won, a prominent lawsuit against a landlord who did not want him to treat patients with AIDS.

On Friday, federal authorities painted a darker picture of Dr. Wolf: They arrested him at his West Village residence on charges that he had done dental work for a drug dealer in exchange for methamphetamine, and that he possessed child pornography videos.DENTIST-web-master315

A criminal complaint prosecutors filed also states that he is H.I.V.-positive and that, according to an informer, he said he had punctured holes in condoms “in an intentional attempt to spread the H.I.V. to his sexual partners.”

Neighborhood residents and one of Dr. Wolf’s brothers, Robert Wolf, said they were shocked at the allegations. Even federal prosecutors referred in a memorandum to Dr. Wolf’s life having a “bizarre duality.”

Dr. Wolf, 59, moved to New York from Michigan decades ago, according to Robert Wolf, who was reached by phone on Friday. He attended college and dental school in the city, and lives with his husband in the West Village, his Google profile says. The partner has worked as an administrator at the dental practice, according to court papers. Dr. Wolf wrote in the Google profile about his love for bicycling, his Chihuahuas and singing. A video posted on his profile page that was filmed in 1985 shows him singing in a gay men’s chorus and discussing AIDS and homophobia.

Dr. Wolf appeared in Federal District Court in Brooklyn on Friday. He is charged with conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it, and with possession and distribution of child pornography. Asked by Robert M. Levy, a federal magistrate judge, if he understood the charges in the complaint, Dr. Wolf said, “I think so.”

After searching Dr. Wolf’s home and office on Friday morning, federal agents found methamphetamine and a flash drive filled with 246 files, mostly child pornography, according to a memorandum filed by prosecutors. He admitted to possessing child pornography, “denied having sex with minors and indicated he was unwilling to discuss his drug use or distribution or whether he had drugged anyone unwillingly during sex,” according to the memorandum.

Dr. Wolf’s lawyer, Marc Agnifilo, said after his client’s initial court appearance: “He was woken up at 5 o’clock in the morning, and woke up into a day where his life is going to be completely different. These are charges that are very hard to weather, and I think he’s understandably shaken.”

Federal authorities said they began looking at Dr. Wolf as part of a standard drug case.

“Drug investigations have taken us down dark roads before, but nothing darker than the office practices of Dr. Wolf,” James J. Hunt, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York division, said in a statement.

A drug dealer arrested at Kennedy International Airport in March told the authorities that he had been swapping methamphetamine for Dr. Wolf’s dentistry, according to a complaint filed by Aaron Spivack, a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The dealer, who was charged with conspiracy to distribute narcotics, is cooperating with the government in the hopes of leniency.

The dealer also said that Dr. Wolf had shown him videos “of infants and toddlers being sexually abused by adults,” including images of infants and toddlers being raped by men, according to the complaint.

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According to the dealer’s version in the complaint, Dr. Wolf also told him “that he was actively involved in underground sex parties at various locations in New York City, including in Brooklyn, where participants would engage in sexual intercourse with animals.”

In October and earlier this month, the dealer made recordings of Dr. Wolf for the government. In those, according to the complaint, the dentist discussed having sex with animals; said he continued to use and hand out drugs; said he continued to poke holes in condoms during sexual encounters; and discussed drugging an adult man with a “slam of K” before sexually assaulting him, referring, apparently, to ketamine, a drug used illegally as a hallucinogenic.

The drug dealer then offered to introduce Dr. Wolf to his “roommate,” saying that the roommate was interested in child pornography as well. The “roommate” was an undercover F.B.I. agent.

The three met at Dr. Wolf’s office in Chelsea. Last week, the undercover agent recorded Dr. Wolf saying he used the basement for sex parties. Dr. Wolf then plugged in a flash drive and showed the agent about 35 minutes of child pornography, the complaint said.

As recently as Thursday, according to the memorandum, the undercover agent recorded Dr. Wolf. In that recording, Dr. Wolf said he had given drugs to “willing and unwilling adults during drug-fueled sex parties,” said it would be “hot” if he and the agent abused children together, and talked about how they might arrange that, among other things.

Robert Risko, an artist who lives near Dr. Wolf’s office, said the office environment was “wacky,” and “loose, friendly, fun.”

“He has a huge clientele because people like him,” Mr. Risko said.

Robert Wolf, who lives in Tennessee, said he was “absolutely floored” by the accusations. He said he did not know of any drug or addiction problems in his brother’s past.

In court, Moira Kim Penza, an assistant United States attorney, cited the “safety of the community” and the “overwhelming evidence in this case” as she asked Judge Levy to hold Dr. Wolf without bail. The judge set a hearing for Tuesday to discuss bail.

At Dr. Wolf’s office on Friday morning, a man at the front desk said that Dr. Wolf was not in, but that two other dentists were still seeing patients. He declined to give his name because he was not authorized to speak to the press.


Luck went from bad to worse one August day last year for a young Houston man named Jose Manuel Trevino who decide to break the law.

Trevino was 18 years old, out of work, and needed some money as he and his pregnant girlfriend were expecting a child. But now he is headed to federal prison for six years.meth-caught-maph

Court documents reveal his story, which at first is certainly like many others all along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trevino went for quick cash, by trying to drive a load of methamphetamine from Mexico to Houston, where the drug has become wildly popular.

He was no kingpin, but doing a quick job for some people in the drug business would likely pay well.

About 25 pounds of the meth were carefully wrapped into 44 bundles and hidden in secret compartments in the 1983 Chevy Blazer that smugglers gave him to drive.

But then the truck’s battery died at a South Texas gas station. Trevino waiting for awhile hoping it would somehow start, then asked another man sitting in a car there if he had jumper cables.

But the car was an unmarked police unit. And the driver was Lt. Clayton Cohea of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Cohea, who was on the job as part of a border security push, was in uniform as he climbed out and tried to help Trevino.

But Trevino’s increasing nervousness, along with mounting problems, such as the battery not even having water, didn’t help. A drug-sniffing dog solidified suspicions and Trevino’s once cover journey was over.

When Trevino was sentenced to prison Thursday he got some sympathy from U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez due to his age.

He will be 25 when he gets out.




CINCINNATI – The regional narcotics unit and federal agents intercepted more than $323,000 worth of crystal meth shipped from Mexico in ceramic watermelons, the sheriff’s office announced Friday.WCPO_watermelon_1448057819289_27198014_ver1_0_640_480

Agents arrested Jorge Yobanis Garcia, 23, at his residence at 301 West North Bend Road in Carthage after he took possession of the parcel, officials said.

Officials said they believe Garcia is an illegal immigrant from Mexico. Agents recovered a fictitious Ohio State Identification card, and he has an Atlanta, Georgia address on his Consular Identification Card.

The package contained approximately 4.7 pounds of crystal meth, also known as “ice.”WCPO_Jorge_Yobanis_Garcia_1448055298602_27191186_ver1_0_900_675

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Regional Narcotics Unit and Homeland Security Investigators made the bust.

Garcia is jailed at the Justice Center. He will be arraigned Saturday.



SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah (ABC 4 News) – when buying a home you have a lot to think about; is it in good condition, is it in a nice neighborhood, is it safe? There are plenty of tests to make sure it’s structurally sound, but here in Utah there’s another test potential homebuyers should do that many don’t know about – testing for methamphetamine. It’s not a requirement, but health experts and local realtors say it’s a really good idea. utah meth

David Barker thought he found the perfect home for his aging father. “It was the house across the street.” The house, on a quiet street in Brigham City, but the house had a past.

“It’s been a rental ever since we have lived here for the last 30 some years,” explained Barker.

The home inspection went well, and Barker was ready to buy, until his son asked him a very important question. “He said ‘well did you check it for meth?’ and I said no. He said, ‘well you better do that.'” Barker continued, “I contacted the state and they came up and did the test and got the report back and he said it was bad.”

Barker backed out of the deal and the seller was forced to clean the house of meth.

“It’s generally carpet, carpet pad, insulated duct work, dropped ceilings, anything porous we remove and any hard surfaces can be decontaminated,” said Mark Shepard. Shepard is the owner Apple Environmental, a Utah company certified to clean homes contaminated with methamphetamine.

Shepard says the number of homes that test positive for meth might surprise you. “Some numbers that we’ve heard of are one in ten homes are affected and rentals are anywhere from 60-80%.”

The Salt Lake County Health Department says in the last couple of years they’ve seen the numbers of homes that have tested positive for meth jump. Kerry Cramer, Supervisor of the Bureau of Sanitation and Safety explained, “This year we’ve had probably over 200 cases that we’ve got involved with and it’s sort of a record for us, in year’s past we’ve probably had 50 or 60.”

Not because there are more meth contaminated homes, but likely because the housing market has picked up and more people are testing. And that’s a good thing. “We strongly encourage buyers to do a meth test,” said Ryan Kirkham. Kirkham is the President of the Utah Association of Realtors. Kirkham says if a seller knows there’s methamphetamine contamination in their home they have a legal obligation to disclose it to a potential buyer, but they can’t disclose if they don’t know and that’s why Kirkham says it’s important for buyers to do the test themselves.

Kirkham said, “If you don’t test, yes there could be health implications, but if you don’t test and they go to sell the property later…if someone comes in 5 years and finds it, it doesn’t just go away and all the sudden they have a $20,000 bill to clean up the house, replace the carpet, repaint, redo the hardwood floors, redo the furnace and the ductwork.”

That meth could have been there for years, there’s no way of knowing who exactly is responsible. Cramer said, “Meth dissolves or evaporates about as fast as table salt. So on the house you’re talking about it could have been contaminated 30 years ago and the stuff is still there. It just doesn’t go away by itself.”

During the 90s, the State of Utah was the number one meth producing state in the county. While there isn’t as many meth labs in the state anymore there are a lot of those former lab locations.

“Houses that were contaminated 10-15 years ago when this state was one of the leading producing states of Meth a lot of those homes are still out there and the only way to find them is to test,” warned Shepard.

The test only costs about $50 – $100 and it’s easy to do on your own. The state only allows for a tiny amount of methamphetamine, anything less than one microgram per 100 centimeters squared. So the house doesn’t have the be the location of a former meth lab to be unsafe, someone could have smoked meth in the house and contaminated it.

A lesson David Barker almost learned the hard way. “Had your son not said anything?” asked Kimberly Nelson. “I might have gotten stuck with it,” replied Barker.

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HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) – A Texas woman pulled over in Hudsonville with 3 ½ pounds of crystal methamphetamine in her rental car has been indicted on federal drug trafficking charges.

Kelli Nicole Drake, 31, was indicted this week for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine.635836232003519829-drakemeth

In addition to the crystal methamphetamine, officers found nearly 11 ½ ounces of cocaine, court records show. The combined street value of both exceeds $180,000.

“These quantities far exceed user quantities; rather, they are distribution quantities,” Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Jon Schafer wrote in a Sept. 17 criminal complaint. Schafer arrested Drake in Grand Rapids that same day.

Drake was driving a rented 2014 Nissan Maxima with a Vermont license plate when she was pulled over by Michigan State Police on Sept. 16.

A police drug dog was brought to the scene and indicated the presence of narcotics in the vehicle, according to a search warrant affidavit in Grand Rapids District Court. The search warrant was for two cellphones Drake had with her at the time.

Police searched the trunk of the Nissan and found 3.5 pounds of crystal methamphetamine and nearly 11-½ ounces of cocaine, court documents show.

It is one of the largest crystal methamphetamine seizures in West Michigan in recent years.

The criminal complaint was filed Sept. 17, but the U.S. Attorney’s Office in October dropped the complaint so the government could continue its investigation. The indictment came nearly four weeks later.

Drake is free on an unsecured $50,000 bond. A condition of her release prohibits Drake from “engaging in any sovereign citizen or tax protester activity.”

Drake, who lists an address in Dallas, Texas and goes by the alias “Lady Jade,” is saddled with more than criminal charges. The federal government has launched forfeiture proceedings on $2,952 in cash found in her vehicle, court records show.



HAMILTON — A Hamilton man charged with kidnapping, drugging and repeatedly raping a 17-year-old girl over several days in February is now charged with capturing some of the assaults on video.

Byron Craig Hall, 33, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to sexual abuse of children. The new charge was filed after investigators found three videos taken with the webcam on Hall’s laptop between Feb. 6 and 9 that 553a60c8a7441_imageincluded sexual content involving the girl.

Hall pleaded not guilty in March to felony aggravated kidnapping, sexual intercourse without consent, aggravated assault, child criminal endangerment and two drug charges. District Judge Jeffrey Langton set his bail at $750,000. However, he is also being held without bond for violating his parole on an earlier drug lab conviction.

The girl told officers that she had invited Hall to her home on Feb. 6 after meeting him at a college orientation. She said she mentioned his former girlfriend, and Hall became extremely angry, pushed her onto the bed and choked her until she passed out.

She said he injected her with methamphetamine and raped her over the course of five days. The girl’s 8-month-old child also was in the apartment.

Hall and his father were later charged with tampering with evidence after Hall asked and his father destroyed drugs and paraphernalia that Hall had in the trunk of his car. Prosecutors say when Hall’s father visited him in jail, Hall was recorded asking his father to find his laptop and hide it from investigators. The father told officers he didn’t carry out his son’s instructions regarding the laptop, which was seized by investigators.

Hall’s trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 29, 2016.




CAPE CORAL, FL – A man is in custody after detectives shut down a meth lab in a southeast Cape Coral home on Wednesday afternoon.

Cape Coral Police executed a search warrant in the 1100 block of Country Club Boulevard, just 500 feet from Wellington Academy Daycare, around 1:40 p.m. Wednesday.635835414228602168-bramhall

One person was inside the home at the time. That person was detained in the driveway. According to the arrest report, the person told police “she had never witnessed her father actually cook the meth, but she knows when he does because it smells bad.”

She also told police that her father forces her to buy pseudoephedrine, and if she doesn’t buy it, her father threatens to throw her out and call animal control to take her dog away.

Inside the home, detectives located an operational meth lab — including equipment, chemicals and methamphetamine. Detectives collected evidence that included 24 ounces of methamphetamine.

Scott J. Bramhall, 50, was arrested and taken to the Lee County Jail, according to the Cape Coral Police Department.

According to the report, Bramhall admitted to police that he was the one cooking meth in the house.  Bramhall was charged with possessing, manufacturing and trafficking methamphetamine.





A Cape Coral man confessed to police that he cooked methamphetamine in his County Club Boulevard home after his daughter advised them about his drug production, authorities say.

Scott Bramhall, 50, is facing felony charges of trafficking in methamphetamine, producing methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a specific structure (Wellington Day Care is within 500 feet), and and possession of a structure to manufacture methamphetamine.

The charges were filed after Bramhall told the Cape Coral police narcotics unit that he was the one cooking the meth and that his daughter was not involved.

Police came to Bramhall’s home Wednesday with a search warrant. Bramhall’s daughter was detained at the home by police and gave officers a detailed explanation of her father’s activities.

A Cape Coral police report said the daughter told officers that while she never witnessed her father cooking meth she knows when he does because the house smells bad and she saw bottles used to cook meth laying around the house.

Police asked her about her history of purchasing pseudoephedrine, an over-the-counter medicine used in meth production, and she told them that her father forced her to buy the medicine by threatening her with eviction and getting rid of her dog.

Police found the following items used in meth production at the house: four bottles of Coleman fuel, four bottles of Muriatic acid, a glass cup with white residue that tested positive for meth, a glass cup with liquid that tested positive for meth, gas mask, three cook bottles with sludge in them that tested positive for meth, a cooler containing cold packs, two bottles of lye and plastic tubing.

Detectives also collected as evidence 24 ounces of methamphetamine.

Bramhall confirmed to police that he uses the items listed to cook meth.

Bramhall is scheduled for a hearing Dec. 21. He remains in jail on $70,000 bond.




37-year-old Crystal Noell Suttlemyre of 14th Avenue S.W. in Hickory was arrested yesterday (November 18) by Hickory Police Officers. She’s charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell & deliver f71c3383fcb11eb303282bc99a9d5d80_XLmethamphetamine, along with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana up to half an ounce and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

Suttlemyre was taken into custody without incident shortly after 11 a.m. yesterday on the 100 block of 4th Street Drive S.W. She was incarcerated in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $15,000 secured bond. A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for today (November 19) in Newton.



A WOMAN who said she smoked cannabis and methamphetamine to relive pregnancy cramps appeared in a court in Rockhampton yesterday.

The Supreme Court at Rockhampton heard Eileen Aimee Clark was involved in a “well established” drug trafficking operation.

Clark, 26, pleaded guilty to one count each of trafficking a dangerous drug, possessing a dangerous drug and possessing utensils used in smoking a dangerous drug after police intercepted her during a covert drug trafficking operation in Gladstone.

She was sentenced to three years jail, with a parole eligibility date in April 2017.

Crown prosecutor Alexandra Baker told the court the 26-year-old told police she was responsible for a bowl of cannabis and a pipe which her partner was charged for during a search of a hotel room in April this year. She told police she smoked the cannabis and used the pipe to smoke speed to relieve pregnancy cramps.

“She is unwilling to disassociate herself from drug culture,” Ms Baker said. “She has an expanding criminal history and there is a plethora of evidence that this defendant is a user.”

The court heard Clark previously sent 1900 text messages to a methamphetamine supplier, making contact on a daily or twice-daily basis during a two-and-a-half month trafficking period between March and June last year.

The court heard Clark sent and received text messages relating to collecting drug debts, supplying drugs and tips on how to make methamphetamine “more saleable”.

Ms Baker said Clarke had a $3000 to $5000 rolling debt with the supplier and was owed a total of $6000 “on tick” by 13 customers.

She told the court Clark usually purchased one gram of methamphetamine for between $750 and $800 except purchased 18g for $9000 on one occasion in June.

“Her business was well-established, it was not novice,” Ms Clark said.

Defense lawyer Marie Willie said Clark purchased up to $300 worth of methamphetamine a day for personal use during the trafficking period.

“It was not purely for financial gain, it was also by way of supporting her own habit,” Ms Willie said.

Justice Duncan McMeekin told Clark she had a “disturbing” criminal history.

“What you have done is evil, you have helped to spread this drug in the community,” Mr McMeekin said. “It gives judges like myself not the slightest pleasure to put young people in jail.”



ASHEVILLE — A city woman is facing charges related to meth.

Tracie Sparks McMahan, 40, of the first block of Alabama Avenue, was charged Thursday with felony possession of methamphetamine with the intent to sell/manufacture/deliver, felony possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, according to warrants at the Buncombe County magistrate’s office.

She is accused of possessing 0.2 grams of methamphetamine, two sets of digital scales, a glass pipe, and multiple plastic baggies on Thursday, according to warrants.

The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office investigated.

McMahan was being held at the Buncombe County Detention Facility on a $15,000 secured bond.

In other arrests on file Friday:

William Robert Boyd, 31, of Davidson County, was charged by the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office with felony possession of cocaine, felony possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, and misdemeanor carrying a concealed gun, according to warrants.

Boyd is accused of possessing cocaine and methamphetamine on Friday, warrants state. He is also accused of having a .38-caliber semiautomatic handgun.

Boyd was being held at the Buncombe County Detention Facility on a $25,000 secured bond.



LOCKPORT – A Town of Lockport woman was being held Thursday without bail on felony charges, accused of making methamphetamine in her house at 6538 Wicks Road.

The Niagara County Drug Task Force in conjunction with the New York State Special Operations Response Team executed a search warrant at the house just after 7 a.m. Thursday.

Chandra L. McCourt, 46, was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A-II felony and third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, a class D felony. She was remanded without bail to Niagara County Jail. A return court date in the Town of Lockport was set for Wednesday.

The warrant was based on a four-month long investigation of methamphetamine manufacturing in the Town of Lockport, along with complaints from the public.

Because of the volatile nature of the by products used to manufacture methamphetamine, the New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team was called in.

Sheriff James R. Voutour said this is the fifth methamphetamine case that the Niagara County Drug Task Force has investigated in this past year that has resulted in a warrant execution.




Five Weston residents were arrested after a drug bust in Lewis County Thursday.

Michael Romel, 19, Tiffany Postalwait, 25, Jeffrey Flint, 49, Jeremiah Billups, 29, and Michael Craig, 32, were all arrested on methamphetamine charges.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Department, along with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department Street Crimes and Drug Unit, performed controlled buys on the individuals.9290093_G

“One of the individuals arrested from this organization was a major supplier of crystal methamphetamine in both Harrison and Lewis counties, supplying lower-level dealers in the Clarksburg and Weston areas,” said Harrison County Chief Deputy Jeff McAtee. “These arrests are a major step in the right direction in stopping this dangerous drug.”

Romel is charged with one count of delivery of synthetic marijuana, two counts of delivery of methamphetamine, one count of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and two counts of conspiracy.

Postalwait is charged with one count of delivery of methamphetamine, one count of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and two counts of conspiracy.

Flint is charged with two counts of delivery of methamphetamine, one count of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and two counts of conspiracy.

Billups is charged with one count of delivery of methamphetamine, one count of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and two counts of conspiracy.

Craig is charged with one count of delivery of methamphetamine, one count of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine an two counts of conspiracy.

Deputies also recovered a 9 mm handgun and $1000 cash during the operation.

“Some of the individuals arrested in this operation have been on our radar for upwards of a year,” said Lewis County Sheriff Adam Gissy. “This drug bust will certainly have a positive impact in curbing drug distribution in our community. I’m extremely thankful that no one was injured in this operation. All too often are we coming across firearms and other weapons when conducting high risk operations like this one.”





A Corbin woman was one of four people arrested on drug trafficking charges when Laurel County Sheriff’s deputies discovered an unspecified amount of methamphetamine in their vehicle Wednesday afternoon.

Twenty-eight-year-old Brittany Thompson-Sherrill is facing charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance – methamphetamine and second-degree fleeing or evading police – on foot.

According to Sheriff John Root, Detective Jason Back was attempting to serve an arrest warrant on 28-year-old Jonathan Segraves of London on Slate Lick Road approximately one mile north of London.

“Detective Back observed (Segraves) along with three other occupants leave a known drug location in the vehicle, and attempted to stop the vehicle when it fled the scene and was located nearby,” Root stated. “At that point, two of the subjects fled on foot and following a foot chase, both individuals were apprehended.”

Root stated Thompson-Sherrill was one of the two individuals who attempted to run from the scene.

Also arrested were:

  • Roy Higgins, 38, of London, whom Root said was driving the vehicle. Higgins was charged first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance – second offense – methamphetamine and first-degree fleeing or evading police.

Root stated that Higgins was in the allegedly in the process of delivering methamphetamine to sell to a fifth subject.

  • Segraves was charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance – methamphetamine, second-degree fleeing or evading police – on foot, and tampering with physical evidence.

According to Root, Segraves allegedly ingested approximately one-half of an ounce of crystal methamphetamine that he was conspiring with the other in the vehicle to deliver and sell to a fifth subject.

Segraves was taking by ambulance to St. Joseph London hospital for treatment.

Segraves was also charged on the warrant for failing to appear in court on a previous charge of first-degree possession of a methamphetamine.

  • Ashley Medley, 28, London, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance – methamphetamine, and second-degree hindering prosecution or apprehension.

Root stated that Medley knew Segraves was wanted on outstanding felony warrants.

Laurel County Deputy Gilbert Acciardo, the department’s public affairs officer, said through cooperation of the suspects and statements from other individuals, deputies confirmed the four suspects had the methamphetamine in their possession and what they intended to do with it.”

“Even the guy who ingested it, admitted to it,” Acciardo said.

Bond for each of the individuals has been set at $10,000 cash.





Five people were arrested this week after they were caught manufacturing fraudulent credit cards at the Hilton Hotel in Glendale, police

A hotel employee called police Monday evening after one suspect, Marvin Mungcal, 41, allegedly attempted to pay for two hotel rooms with two credit cards that appeared to be fraudulent, said Glendale Police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot.

When officers entered the first room, they reportedly saw re-encoded credit cards scattered throughout room and methamphetamine in plain sight.

Four others — identified as Paige Lebel, 22, Ernesto Go, 33, Long Trinh, 18, and Kristen St. Claire, 33 — were reportedly staying in the two rooms.

Between the two rooms, police found methamphetamine, pills and drug paraphernalia, along with numerous re-encoded credit cards, stolen checks, personal documents belonging to other people and equipment for manufacturing credit cards, Lightfoot said.

The five suspects were arrested on suspicion of identity theft and drug-related crimes.





Deer hunters concentrating on finding that big buck in the woods should also be on the lookout for methamphetamine labs, the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office says.

Two different meth labs were found in wooded areas in the county the past two weeks, prompting Sheriff Reg Gill to issue a public safety notice.564cb43370171_image

“As hunters take to the woods this weekend, we want to make sure the public is aware that they should use caution should they come upon (meth lab) materials,” Gill said.

The materials include plastic bottles containing a white- or pink-colored sludge, fuel cans, cans of lye or drain cleaner, batteries that appear to have been taken apart, and plastic containers with small hoses sticking out of the top.

“Should anyone come upon these types of items, or detect a strong chemical odor, please avoid the area and contact law enforcement immediately,” Gill said.

The materials can be volatile and fumes from the materials can cause lung damage.

The sheriff also advises hunters who encounter people around meth labs to keep a wide berth.

“Do not confront them,” Gill said. “Subjects under the influence of methamphetamine can be highly unpredictable, paranoid and volatile.”




Shaina Hughes, 18, has been brought back to Hamilton County to face felony murder charges after she allegedly lured the victim, Peyton Hogan, 21, to a home in the 400 block of Frazier Drive.

She and Quincy Goodine, 19, were arrested earlier at Resaca, Ga.article_312864

When officers arrived at the scene of the slaying, they found the victim lying in the street in front of the home suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He died of this injury after being transported to Erlanger Hospital.

During an investigation, the defendant said that she was in the basement when the victim was shot and she identified Goodine as the one responsible for the shooting.



CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (WDEF) – One of two suspects wanted in connection to last Friday’s homicide is now behind bars in Hamilton County.

Shaina Hughes, 18, of Resaca Georgia signed a waiver of extradition in Gordon County Georgia and was immediately transported back to Chattanooga where she faces one count of first degree murder and one count of aggravated robbery.

She was arrested in Gordon County Georgia for a probation violation out of Chattooga County Georgia.

According to Chattanooga police, Hughes and Quincy Goodine, 19, are suspects in the murder of Peyton Hogan 21, of Chattanooga.

Hogan died in an ambulance while being transported to the hospital.

It happened Friday morning inside a home in the 400 block of Frazier Drive.

According to the arrest affidavit, witnesses told police, Hughes and Goodine were responsible for killing Hogan.

Hughes told investigators she was in the basement when Hogan was shot. She also told police she heard the gunshot and looked up to see Goodine holding a gun.

According to Hughes, Hogan was not armed nor was he a threat when he was shot.

When investigators talked to other witnesses, they got a slightly conflicting statement.

A witness told police, Hughes was actually upstairs when the shooting occurred. The witness also stated that Hughes lured Hogan to the house to exchange sex for drugs and money. According to the arrest affidavit, Hogan used Facebook to communicate with Hogan.

A second witness told police, Hughes and Goodine attempted to rob Hogan in the basement. According to the second witness, Goodine hid behind the stairs of the basement then told Hogan to give him “everything he had.” The second witness later stated to police that Goodine was reportedly armed with a .25 automatic pistol and shot Hogan once. The second witness also told police that Goodine and Hughes lured Hogan over to the house to exchange sex for 1.3 grams of Methamphetamine.

During a search of the house, police recovered .25 shell casing as well as a .25 automatic pistol that was reportedly hidden in the basement. Police also recovered illegal narcotics.

At some point, after the shooting, Goodine and Hughes left Tennessee and were later picked up by authorities in Gordon County Georgia.

Goodine remains in the Gordon County jail for an obstruction. It’s unclear if he has signed a waiver of extradition.

A judge set Hughes’s bond at $1-million.

Her next court date is November 24.





The incessant ringing of the doorbell woke Matt Mcallister just before 4 a.m. Friday.

A neighbor pounded on the door. Call 911, she pleaded. Someone’s been shot.

And then she ran away.

Mcallister, a former firefighter, followed her up the street to a white house at 412 Frazier Drive where he found 21-year-old Peyton Hogan flat on his back, pressed close against the back tire of a pickup truck, feet pointed toward the driver’s side door, shot in the chest.

“The guy was alive when I got there,” Mcallister said. “He was quiet.”

Stay with me, Mcallister told Hogan. Police arrived a minute later, maybe less, pouring in from both sides of the street. Mcallister heard them ask Hogan if he knew who shot him.

But he couldn’t hear the man’s response.

Hogan died shortly after at a local hospital. His death is the 27th homicide in Chattanooga so far this year — tying the number of homicides in all of 2014. This year’s homicide count includes the six men who died during the unprecedented July 16 attack.

As of Nov. 4, there had been 112 shootings in Chattanooga this year, compared to 105 in 2014 and 109 by November 2013.

Mcallister said the woman who knocked on his door lives at the home where the shooting happened, but could not identify her by name. She ran for help, pounding on doors, because her cellphone was broken and she didn’t have a land-line phone, he said.

She told Mcallister she heard the gunshot outside and that two people fled the scene on foot. Police said Friday they believe Hogan knew someone who lived in the house, but they did not give details about the relationship.

Late Friday night, police said they had issued warrants for two suspects in the case — 19-year-old Quincy Goodine and 18-year-old Shaina Hughes. They are both wanted on charges of felony murder and especially aggravated murder and are currently being held in Georgia on unrelated charges.

Officers have been called to 412 Frazier Drive 12 times since December 2014, records show, for everything from burglar alarms to an assault to a call of a disorder with a weapon.

Neighbors said that while the police have visited that home before, the neighborhood doesn’t see much violence.

“I’ve lived here for 27 years,” said neighbor Sherilyn Johnson. “It’s a quiet neighborhood. It’s quiet. Something just happened up there.”

On Facebook, Hogan posted photos of himself driving the truck, a dark-colored Dodge pickup, with the American and Confederate flags flying in the bed.

About five hours after the shooting, police investigators were still combing through that truck outside the home where Hogan was shot. The Confederate flag was gone; only the American flag still flew.

A pair of empty brown boots sat beside the driver’s side door.



Church Hill woman faces numerous charges after allegedly attempting to sneak methamphetamine into the Greene County Detention Center.

Warrants filed at the Greene County Sheriff’s Department show Lisa Carol Weems faces charges of felony possession of methamphetamine, introduction of contraband into a detention center, driving on a revoked license, violation of the implied consent law and driving under the influence.

She is jailed at the Greene County Detention Center under $63,000 bond pending a Friday court appearance.

The warrants indicate that Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Vince Mullins recognized Weems following a previous encounter and knew her license was revoked. During a traffic stop, he observed that Weems had slurred speech, dilated pupils and had trouble keeping her eyes open.

She reportedly performed poorly on field sobriety tests and refused a blood test.

According to the warrants, during a search at the jail, a “large quantity” of a substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine was discovered wrapped in plastic and concealed in Weems’ vaginal area.

She is due in Greene County General Sessions Court at 8:30 a.m. Friday.



Eau Claire (WQOW) – Eau Claire police created a methamphetamine map, showing where the most meth activity happens in the city.

The Methamphetamine Response Committee shared the map as part of a new campaign called #morethanMeth.9283162_G

The image highlights meth related incidents in Eau Claire within the last 15 months. The police department said the map mirrors Eau Claire’s crime map, and police point to a connection between meth use and other issues, like burglary and child abuse.

The Eau Claire Police Department said two-thirds of their meth cases start with a call because of another crime.

The Meth Response Committee said there were less than 20 meth related arrests in Eau Claire in all of 2012, but this year there have already been 100 arrests.

Experts said meth use is on the rise in northwestern Wisconsin because of geography. They said it is being trafficked into Eau Claire through the Minneapolis and St. Paul areas. Officers said moving meth made prices one-third of what they used to be 10 years ago.

“Eau Claire is still a safe community,” Eau Claire Deputy Chief of Police Matt Rokus said. “The stakeholders that are working together and our other partners, we have a better understanding of what is causing the issues of crime and other social issues, and in Eau Claire’s case, it is methamphetamine.”

Nov. 30 is nationally recognized as Meth Awareness Day, and it will be highlighted locally with a news conference in Eau Claire as a part of the #morethanMeth campaign.