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Organized criminal gangs are targeting casinos in tribal jurisdictions to facilitate drug sales and sex trafficking, and drugs are being trafficked by large non-Native organizations with international ties, according to a new study examining methamphetamine use and implications in tribal communities.

Methamphetamine continues to be a substantial problem for tribal communities, though abuse of prescription pills could soon surpass methamphetamine use, according to the study.amy_proctor_right_and_candice_mccollum_work_on_a_report_about_impact_of_meth_in_indian_country_-_courtesy_photo

The study, which examines the trafficking, distribution and use of methamphetamine and other dangerous drugs in Indian country, involved interviews with law enforcement and social service providers from 10 Native American tribes in the western United States.

Seventy percent of respondents said casinos in tribal jurisdictions are targeting for drug deals and sex trafficking. High rates of larceny, burglary, sexual assault, child and elderly abuse and sex trafficking are also directly associated with the distribution and use of methamphetamine in Indian country, according to the study.

“Meth is unlike any other drug because of the harm it inflicts on people other than the user,” said study head researcher Amy Proctor, a criminal justice professor at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and a member of the Cherokee Nation. “The level of abuse and neglect associated with meth are staggering and heart-wrenching. Meth use is destroying entire generations of Native Americans.”

The study was part of a larger tribal methamphetamine initiative and funded through the Department of Justice, Community Oriented Policing Services, Proctor said. Though she is not able to say which tribes took part in the research, she said tribes located near known drug corridors were considered for inclusion in the study. Proctor and research assistant Candice McCollum traveled more than 10,000 miles to visit the tribes and research participants.

Proctor said that cartels are also engage in human trafficking and prostitution. They are specifically targeting Native American women, she said.

“They will develop romantic relationships with Native women and oftentimes move into their homes located on reservations and begin to deal drugs to tribal members,” she said. “Geographic location and isolation, poverty and a lack of police resources also make Native communities more vulnerable to exploitation by outside forces.”

McCollum added that the remoteness of many tribal communities seems to play a major factor in why they are targeted.

“The amount of land and people that participants tried to cover was astonishing,” she said.

The study examined the large-scale impact meth had on the communities. In one example, Proctor said, a tribe tested its housing for methamphetamine contamination and found that 30 percent of the units were contaminated and uninhabitable because of the smoke that seeped into the walls, ceilings and carpets. Drug users had also pillaged the units for metal and copper so they could sell pieces to buy drugs, particularly methamphetamine.

“The tribe was losing thousands and thousands of dollars in rent and having to spend thousands more to repair the damaged structures,” Proctor said. “The tribal leaders also reported that they had hundreds of people on the waiting list for housing.”

The study also noted how meth affects violence. Though violent crime in Indian country due to meth is not the norm, according to the study, it was severe when it did occur. In one instance, a 13-year-old girl was raped by her brother and two friends and received a hatchet to the head. She survived but lost motor skills.

“The doctors don’t know if she will recover them with time or not. The offenders were 14 years old,” according to the example in the study.

Still, some communities seem to be making headway with the problems, and they all had several actions in common, Proctor said.

“Substance abuse problems were approached as a community problem rather than problems impacting individuals,” Proctor said. “The departments we interviewed had decent working relationships with each other. They may not always agree on the approach, but laid aside personal feelings in order to better the whole.”

In tribal communities where substance abuse was viewed as less of a problem, a sense of togetherness was evident, she said, as well as a strong sense of leadership, whether it from tribal elders or the transferring of knowledge from one elected official to the next.


Methamphetamine use on the rise in Maine

Posted: 1st August 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized
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It’s typically the opiate crisis that dominates regional drug-related news. But stories about meth labs have been increasing in Maine due to the dramatic increase in labs and dump sites discovered over the past few years.thkieath[itrophk[rwhhj

Already this year, Maine law enforcement agencies have located 61 percent more labs and dump sites than in all of 2015 with five more months remaining in the year. Maine State Police spokesman Stephen McCausland said, as of Thursday, there have been 90 labs and dump sites so far this year. Last year, there were 56; in 2014, there were 37. In 2009, officials found one meth lab statewide.

Dump sites have become so frequent that state police issued an advisory in July to warn the public from picking up plastic soda bottles that contained “white residue inside or other material that does not look like soda” or if the bottle is enlarged and disfigured from its normal size.

“If it doesn’t look right, leave it alone,” McCausland said of the bottles.

Items used to make meth can endanger anyone who comes into contact with them. Chemicals may enter the body by being inhaled, consumed, injected by a contaminated needle or accidental skin prick, or absorbed by the skin. Children are especially vulnerable to the health problems caused by exposure to meth chemicals in homes and apartments.

Soda bottles are used as miniature meth labs to mix ingredients to make meth. It’s called “one-pot meth” or the “shake n’ bake” method. After making the product, bottles seem to be disposed in random places.

Meth is not known for the overdose death counts seen with opiates, but it kills the body over time.

The process of making meth can pose a much more immediate danger than the drug itself. Home-based labs are common and can be extremely dangerous and are known for causing explosions, fires and deaths. Amateur chemists can create the substance from using over-the-counter drugs mixed with a variety of items including nail polish, lithium and sulfuric acid in short order. Fires are not uncommon. A state fire marshal in Maine found evidence of a meth lab after a fire in a shed. According to news reports, a house on the property had burned only weeks before, also from a suspected meth lab.mdggdjdgjhsdj

New Hampshire State Police Sgt. Jeff Dade is the department’s bomb squad commander and serves as a member of the Drug Enforcement Agency’s Clandestine Laboratory Tactical Team composed of officers from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. On the team are people with a wide variety of backgrounds, from narcotic investigators to those trained in surveillance, hazardous waste and explosives.

The reason a bomb expert is on the team is that the chemistry between explosives and methamphetamines is similar, Dade said. “You can go from narcotics to an explosive material very quickly.” Dade said the team also needs to be concerned about potential booby traps set to protect labs.

The team works together to dismantle labs to help minimize danger to its members and the community. Because of the instability of the substances used, a chemical reaction can “get super hot super fast” and end with an explosion, he said.

If the drug maker is creating meth in an apartment, the lab can put the entire complex at risk. Last month in Concord, New Hampshire, police arrested a man for manufacturing meth that law enforcement believed started a fire in an apartment.

Methamphetamine, also known as speed, is a listed as a Schedule II drug under the U.S. Controlled Substances Act because the drug has a high potential for abuse and may lead to psychological or physical dependence. It does have medical uses, and pharmaceutical grade methamphetamine hydrochloride has been approved by the Federal Drug Agency for treating attention deficit disorder and obesity. The drug was originally discovered in 1893 and has been used recreationally for years.

In Maine, the recent rise in meth was not surprising to law enforcement officials.

“Other states have been having this crisis for years,” McCausland said, adding it’s been an issue for Midwest and Western states, with a hub of activity in the Midwest. “The trends go from West to East, and we knew it was coming,” he said.

In New Hampshire, Dade notes there have been spikes over the years, but anecdotally of what he has seen so far this year, the number of labs in the state seems comparable to last year. “It hasn’t decreased,” he said.

There is also a sizable amount of meth being imported from Mexico along with heroin and fentanyl. Earlier this month, the largest meth seizure in New Hampshire history occurred in Manchester, where law enforcement seized more than 16 pounds of meth, according to news reports.

One thing that has helped law enforcement locate more labs and dump sites is the training given to people outside law enforcement, like emergency room workers trained to recognize burns from meth labs and public works workers trained to know what a dump site looks like.

That sometimes makes Dade wonder if there is an actual increase of labs or just better knowledge of the signs of meth production that generate tips for law enforcement. But with illicit substances, exact knowledge of drug use and drug making can be hard to come by.

Comments Off on West Australian’s $2B-a-year Methamphetamine problem revealed by sewerage tests

West Australians are using about two tons of methamphetamine each year with a street value of $2 billion, wastewater tests have revealed.

The State Government announced plans to test sewage for the drug last year, with raw samples from three Perth treatment facilities being sent to the University of South Australia for analysis.207310-3x2-340x227

The initial 12-month results show 31.6 kilograms of methamphetamine is being consumed in the metropolitan area each week, or 1.6 tons annually.

Acting deputy police commissioner Michelle Fyfe said the findings were not unexpected, but were still shocking.

“These tests provide us with a level of data that we have not previously had. It is scientifically proven, it is peer-reviewed and it is accurate,” she said.

“Every member of the community should be shocked by the level of methamphetamine use in Western Australia.

“[This data] tells us there is a lot more out there and we need to work harder to disrupt and to deter these criminal organisations.”

Bunbury records highest rate

Testing was conducted each day, for seven days, every two months and was extended to Bunbury in November 2015 and Geraldton in January.

Bunbury recorded the highest rate of all six catchment areas, with an average of 558 doses each week per 1,000 people.

By the same measure, Perth averaged 344 doses per week, while Geraldton recorded an average of 314 doses.

“The results that came out of Bunbury were surprising and we’ll continue to work with our colleagues in Bunbury and the South West [to see] how we can disrupt and deter down there as well,” said Acting Deputy Commissioner Fyfe.

South West Labor MLC Adele Farina said she was shocked by the extent of methamphetamine use in Bunbury.

She said Bunbury addicts wanting to get clean must join a long waiting list and travel to rehabilitation clinics in either Perth or Northam.

“We need to provide the facilities in Bunbury for those people who have this problem and who want to get clean to be able to access those facilities locally,” she said.

“The Government needs to act immediately to fund a residential rehabilitation facility in Bunbury and start addressing the problem.”

Bunbury mayor Gary Brennan declined to comment.

The tests will be rolled out to Broome and 10 remote communities in coming weeks, with results available in the following months.

The deputy commissioner said it was difficult to compare WA’s results with other states, due to different testing methods.

“At this point in time, we’re probably up at the top of the ladder but it’ll be interesting to see when coordinated testing does start how that changes,” she said.

Data to be shared

She said the testing had limitations, as it could only indicate the number of doses consumed per day, rather than how many individuals were using the drug.7646420-3x2-340x227

Police Minister Liza Harvey said the data confirmed the extent of the state’s methamphetamine problem and would help evaluate past efforts and direct future resources.

“We’ve seen spikes at certain points — when there’s been seizures made we see a dip in usage rates — and so we can determine if we’re actually interrupting the supply chain,” she said.

“Anything additional that we can get to help us understand that market for methamphetamine and the structure of the drug networks is very useful.”

The data is only being used by WA Police at this stage but will be shared with other government agencies.


Comments Off on Montana to revisit incest law allowing charges against teens after Montana Supreme Court upholds conviction of man sentenced to life in prison for plying his 17-year-old daughter with Methamphetamine and having sex with her

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Lawmakers will review a loophole in Montana’s incest law that allows 16- and 17-year-olds to be held as complicit as their parents.

The Montana Supreme Court suggested the examination in upholding the conviction of a man sentenced to life in prison for plying his 17-year-old daughter with methamphetamine and having sex with her in 2013.

He sought to have his conviction overturned, saying jurors should have been cautioned about trusting her testimony because, he argued, she could have been charged as an accessory.

Montana law does not allow a person to be found guilty based solely on the testimony of someone who could be considered an accessory to the same crime, unless that testimony is corroborated. The defendant also argued the state did not have enough corroborating evidence.

In its ruling last week, the state Supreme Court said the daughter could not have been charged as an accessory, but as a willing participant over the state’s legal age of consent – 16 – she could have been charged with committing incest herself. Prosecutors opted not to charge her.

The court also ruled the state provided adequate other evidence, including witnesses who testified that the father had given the girl drugs, that the girl and her father shared a bed, pillow and blanket, and that the girl told other people about the sexual activity.

The Associated Press is not identifying the man to avoid identifying his daughter as a victim of a sex crime.

It is believed to be the first time a defendant tried to use the apparent loophole in the 1983 law, his appellate attorney, Colin Stephens, said Friday.

Though the Montana Supreme Court rejected the argument this time based on the other evidence, some of the justices suggested lawmakers might want to revisit the law, saying it really can’t be interpreted any other way.

“I doubt this is what the Legislature intended, but the statute is not reasonably susceptible to another construction,” Justice Beth Baker wrote Tuesday in her concurring opinion that was joined by Justice Mike Wheat. Justice Laurel McKinnon wrote the 5-0 decision upholding the man’s conviction.

“Applied to consenting adults or to siblings, the statute properly treats both actors in an incestuous relationship as responsible for the offense,” Baker wrote. “And the statute rightly makes a stepson’s or stepdaughter’s consent ineffective if the child is under 18.

“But when, as here, a father has sexual intercourse with his underage natural daughter, her consent to the act makes her his partner in crime.”

Democratic Rep. Jenny Eck of Helena, a member of the Legislature’s Law and Justice Interim Committee, said Friday she hadn’t heard about the apparent loophole but would raise it at the committee’s August meeting.

“I think it would be something that we could pretty easily deal with in the (2017 legislative) session,” she said. “I can’t imagine there would be anybody on the other side of this.”

The man’s appeal noted that Alabama law specifically says no one can be convicted of incest based on the uncorroborated testimony of the other person. Montana prosecutors pointed to a 2001 California Supreme Court ruling that “a child under 18 who has an incestuous sexual relationship with an adult is a victim, not a perpetrator of the incest, and this conclusion remains valid even when the child consents to the sex.”

Courts in Idaho, Iowa and Arkansas have also ruled that incest cases require corroborating testimony, but Montana authorities noted those rulings were made in the early 1900s.

North Carolina law allows people ages 16 and older to be held criminally responsible for their involvement in an incestuous relationship.

Nonetheless, the Montana Legislature, “either intentionally or unintentionally, has left an ambiguity in the law in the rare circumstance involving incest and ‘victims’ over the age of consent,” wrote Stephens, the father’s appellate attorney.

“The Legislature may wish to take a fresh look at the incest statute to address this paradoxical result,” Justice Baker wrote.


Comments Off on Former Big Cabin police chief, Brian Mossier, and wife, Jamie Mossier, arrested for Methamphetamine lab in Mayes County

A Mayes County couple was arrested Friday and are facing multiple felony charges each.

The investigation, according to Investigator Wayne Stinnett of the District 12 District Attorney’s Office, started over a year ago.579d5926ab0e5_image

“We started looking at Brian and Jamie Mossier’s purchase of pseudoephedrine,” he said. “And during the course of the year they were buying a lot more than would be consistent with someone purchasing for legitimate uses. Our suspicion was that they were purchasing the pseudoephedrine to manufacture methamphetamine. They were denied purchase multiple times for exceeding the limit.”

The investigation switched gears last week, he said, when the chief of the Big Cabin Police Department contacted Stinett.

“He called and informed me that he believed Mr. Mosier still had a fuel card he obtained during his time as Big Cabin police chief,” he said, adding that Mossier left the department in 2014 and has been using the card to purchase fuel since that time.

Surveillance footage confirmed, Stinnett said, and a search warrant for their residence was asked for and received.

Friday afternoon the multi-jurisdictional STOP taskforce (strategically targeted offender program) served the warrant.

Meth labs were found in two rooms of the residence. We found methamphetamine, marijuana and paraphernalia,” he said.

He added that there were highly hazardous items present in the meth labs and that there were two small children living in the residence.

In cooperation with child welfare the children were removed from the house and placed with family members.

Both Brian and Jamie Mossier were arrested and booked into Mayes County Jail.

The couple is facing charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a surveillance system in commission of a felony and possession of a firearm in commission of a felony. Additionally, Brian Mossier is charged with possession of a stolen credit card and fraudulent use of a credit card. Bond was initially set at $300,000 for Brian Mossier and $250,000 for Jamie Mossier.

Stinnett said Brian Mossier, in addition to having served as Big Cabin police chief for a time also worked for other area departments and served as an investigator for the state medical examiner’s office.

“It’s a sad thing to see people involved in this type of activity and how it impacts their families. It’s very sad and disappointing to see someone who used to carry a badge and hold a position of trust make those choices,” he said.

The agencies involved in the investigation and serving the warrant were Mayes County Sheriff’s Office, Big Cabin Police Department and Rogers County Sheriff’s Office, along with the District Attorney’s Office.


Comments Off on Calhoun County Sheriff’s Deputy discovers Methamphetamine lab in car; 44-year-old Battle Creek woman arrested

A 44-year-old Battle Creek woman was arrested on several charges after a deputy from the Calhoun County Sheriff Department said an active methamphetamine lab was found in her car.

Deputies stopped the vehicle about 2:30 a.m. Saturday in the 1000 block of Capital Avenue Northeast in Pennfield Township for several moving violations. The deputy identified the woman driving as involved in prior meth cases and observed materials used to make the drug in the vehicle.

The woman was taken from the car and deputies found the meth lab and materials for methamphetamine inside. She was arrested and taken to the Calhoun County jail. Officers from Battle Creek Police Department and the Pennfield Township Fire Department assisted at the scene.


Comments Off on $20K of Methamphetamine found, four arrested in Scott Township home after hallucinating man, Mark Huellen, 40, calls 911

SCOTT TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Three men were arrested Friday after thousands of dollars of methamphetamine was found inside a home in Scott Township, police said.sughpqghptg

The men not only sold meth, but used it themselves. One of them called 911 when they started hallucinating on the front lawn of the Bower Hill Road home.

“We believe the individual was high on meth and was hallucinating,” Sgt. Jeff Skees said.

According to police, 40-year-old Mark Huellen was so high on meth that he thought six men were on the roof trying to break in.

But instead of intruders, police found $20,000 worth of meth, along with hypodermic needles, a loaded gun and more than $6,000 in cash.

Neighbor Tom Casciola said he saw a lot of cars coming and going from the house, but didn’t think anything of it.

“I still can’t get over it. I can’t believe it,” he said.

Along with Huellen, 19-year-old Nathan Kaskins and 24-year-old Charles Outcalt Jr. were arrested. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of the home’s owner, James France.

All four men face charges of possession and possession with intent to deliver.


Comments Off on Broke-down motorist, Jon K. Hirt Jr., 28, of New Richmond, had Methamphetamine in car

A suspected methamphetamine dealer was charged with multiple felonies last week after sheriff’s deputies found drugs in his vehicle while helping him with car problems.

St. Croix County prosecutors charged New Richmond resident Jon K. Hirt Jr. with four drug-related felonies, including meth possession with intent to deliver and possession of narcotic drugs.

The 28-year-old also faces two misdemeanor drug-related charges.

Hirt was held on a $10,000 cash bond at a July 18 court hearing.

According to a criminal complaint:

A St. Croix County sheriff’s deputy on patrol July 15 spotted a car with its hood up in the 1600 block of 200th Avenue in the town of Stanton. The deputy walked up to the car and found Hirt sitting in the driver’s seat; he immediately handed over his ID without provocation and told the officer he was waiting for friends to come help him with his overheated car.

The deputy checked the car’s registration, which was listed to someone else. Asked about the ownership situation, Hirt said he bought the car the previous day.

Hirt then asked the deputy if he knew anything about vehicles. The officer said he didn’t. They then looked under the hood, hoping to find the source of the problem. Hirt and the officer worked extensively, going through the car’s cooling system and oil levels.

While Hirt and the officer continued to check under the hood, two more deputies arrived on the scene to help.

One of those deputies looked into the car’s open window and saw a green, leafy plant near the door handle. More leaves were seen on the floor. The deputy — a K-9 officer — suspected he was looking at marijuana and brought his police dog out to sniff the situation.

Hirt then began to record the scene with his phone.

The dog’s search turned up a camera case containing 28 grams of suspected meth. Hirt was cuffed and arrested.

The search also revealed digital scale containing suspected meth residue, a pill and drug paraphernalia.

Online court records show Hirt was sentenced to 15 months in prison and two years on extended supervision following a 2013 conviction in St. Croix County for meth possession.


Comments Off on Methamphetamine-making operation found near Harmony

Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics detectives said a methamphetamine lab discovered Friday was one of the largest-scale operations they’ve dealt with in recent memory.

ICSO Narcotics Capt. Bill Hamby said nearly 200 one-pot containers used to 579cbc28f172a_imagemake methamphetamine were found in and around the home on Darlene Lane, south of Harmony. The discovery was initially made by a landlord cleaning out the home who called authorities.

Hamby said the investigation is underway to determine who was responsible for the meth lab. The former tenants are likely to be the focus of the investigation, he said.

Plastic bottles with meth residue were found all around the property, in and out of the house and buried in the wooded area behind it.

The Environmental Protection Agency will have to do soil sampling to determine if any of the product seeped into the ground.

The State Bureau of Investigation and the sheriff’s office are investigating and charges are likely sometime this week, Hamby said.

This was the second meth lab the sheriff’s office investigated Friday.

Earlier Friday, probation officers, doing a compliance check at a residence on Deepwater Lane, discovered what they believed to be methamphetamine paraphernalia and called the sheriff’s office.

Hamby said there were items discovered to believe methamphetamine was being manufactured at the home. This is the second time, in recent months, a methamphetamine operation was discovered at the home, he said.

Environmental Health officials deemed the house uninhabitable, and several animals were also removed from the house.

Charges are expected in that case as well.


Comments Off on Angela Lynn Galmiche, 32, of Wellford, faces Methamphetamine charges

Angela Lynn Galmiche, 32, of Wellford was arrested Wednesday and charged with distribution of methamphetamine and distribution, sale, manufacturing or possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.17540515_w400

During a traffic stop Wednesday on Sirrine Street, Laurens sheriff’s deputies noticed the woman driving the vehicle was acting nervous, according to a report. Deputies searched the vehicle and found a silver tin pouch with 16 small bags, three of which had a crystalline substance that tested positive for meth, the report said.


Not even once is a phrase commonly used when referring to experimentation with methamphetamine or better known as meth, a synthetic stimulant composed of many chemicals, such as lye or drain cleaner, that affects the central nervous system.

According to the Meth Project, the drug is one of the most addictive and comes in the form of white or yellow crystals or pills.20160731_MethRecovery

Recovered meth addict Tara Barfield struggled with drug addiction from an early age and was addicted to meth for eight years. Her 10-year sobriety date will be Aug. 15.

She shares her story to encourage other addicts.

Barfield said her experimentation with drugs began when she was 10 years old, after she came home and found her father had committed suicide.

“After that, I started looking for friendship in the wrong kind of places and hanging out with an older crowd,” Barfield said. “By the time I was 12, I was sexually active with 17-year-old guys.”

Barfield said she ran away at the age of 15 and began prostituting in Atlanta. Although she stayed in a mental institution for several months, she was released and began smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol, which she calls gateway drugs.

“People do marijuana because it makes you feel better, alters their thinking, mood and mind,” she said. “I know people who think marijuana is okay, and some people lose their motivation in life and their goals, which is not always the case. It just depends on the person. You get used to it and look for more of a high.”

Barfield ended up pregnant in high school and got married. Her husband joined the military, and the new family moved to Washington State. Her marriage would soon end, and she would lose her children because of her addiction after moving back to Georgia.

She began meth while at a nightclub. She was very drunk and was offered meth by someone at the club with the impression it would help calm her drunkenness. After taking the meth, Barfield was able to drive home and clean her house and felt really good, which led her to continue using for any reason she could think of.

However, that practice landed her in jail multiple times.

“The last year of my addiction, I did meth every day,” Barfield added. “I was really bad off on it and would stay up for 14 days at a time and not eat four to five days at a time. I got pregnant while using, but God protected her.

“She was born three weeks early. I remember using drugs in the bathroom during labor because I was scared to have her.”

Although she had struggled for eight years with her meth addiction, what seemed like a tragedy was her breakthrough when she went to jail in August of 2006, and she would not be able to escape jail time as she had previously been able to.

“I usually would bond out or talk my way out of it and not have to stay more than two weeks,” she added. “The last time I went to jail with my boyfriend, and we had a lot of new charges and warrants, and there was no getting out this time.

“While I was in there, I had to come down from the drugs. I was put in the infirmary to go through withdrawals. During that time, I realized what I was doing to myself. I was out of my kids’ lives completely for eight years, but while in jail somebody shared the Lord with me. I was hopeless, broken and had burned all my bridges.”

Barfield said someone gave her a Gideon Bible. From there on, her healing started, but the road would not be easy. When released, she lived with her sister but came home to $15,000 worth of owed child support, intense probation requirements and a job that she hated.

“I stayed connected to people who encouraged me,” she said “Especially the Bible study group that would point me back to the Lord whenever I felt discouraged. Many times addicts like to play the victim, but you must learn to accept the truth in order to move on. One of the most uncomfortable times for me was when I was at my daughter’s high school graduation. She told me I had nothing to do with her, and it was hurtful, but it was the truth.”

Presently, Barfield has a great relationship with her 26-year-old daughter and her 13-year-old daughter. She is still mending her relationship with her son, who is in the army. For the past three years, Barfield has been visiting jails handing out The Life Recovery Bible, for which she has received donations from as far as Afghanistan.

“I’ve never had to go to a jail without those Bibles,” Barfield said. “God has really provided. I speak at churches, jails and anywhere people are hopeless.”

Peter Chimento, a counselor in Newnan, struggled with addiction for seven years in the 1980s.

“Testimonies do work,” he said. “I always tell people about my story, and they open up more easily. They will trust the person telling the testimony more than other people.”

Addiction counselor Larry Jenkins said Barfield’s experience is a typical pattern for users of meth.

“It’s very common for them (meth addicts) to have children,” Jenkins said. “A lot of women get addicted because their friends or boyfriends or social group are using. They may also get their children taken by (the state).

“And sometimes it’s very hard for women with children to get treatment because of the children. They don’t want to report they have a problem, because (government social workers) will come in and take the kids. Lots of addiction goes unreported because of the risk of losing the children.”

Jenkins added that Newnan used to experience a high rate of meth addiction and was one of the major hubs for meth production. Law enforcement crackdowns have lessened the effect of meth, but it’s still prevalent, more among whites.


Comments Off on Prescription drug deaths subside; Methamphetamine, heroin overdoses soar in Oklahoma

Prescription drug overdose deaths appear to be subsiding in Oklahoma as new laws and outreach efforts take effect. But black-market methamphetamine and heroin deaths are surging.

Drug law enforcers and medical professionals said they were both encouraged and alarmed by the latest overdose death data, generated by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and compiled by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.

The encouragement comes from increasing evidence that tougher oversight and outreach are causing the toll of prescription drug overdoses to stabilize and decline slightly.

“Deaths are down because of greater use of the Prescription Monitoring Program and greater awareness by physicians, through conferences, through training, through just networking,” said Narcotics Bureau spokesman Mark Woodward.

The alarm stems from a troubling rise in methamphetamine and heroin deaths, some of which might be attributable to former prescription drug users switching to cheaper bootleg drugs.

“The Mexican cartels are just pouring ice into this country in record amounts,” Woodward said, referring to black-market methamphetamine. “It’s simply just to feed the demand, which still remains very, very high for meth.”

Heroin has been making a comeback across the country. The latest data suggests that Oklahoma drug users are beginning to make that transition, too.

“Talking to people in recovery, I’ll ask them, ‘What was your drug of choice?’“ Woodward said. “Five years ago, it was meth, meth, meth and prescription drugs. But for the last two or three years, (many) said it was heroin.”

Highlights of the latest statistics:

–The total number of deaths officially attributed to overdoses dipped to 823 in 2015 from 870 the previous year. From 2001 to 2010, the number of fatal overdoses increased 137 percent, from 344 to 814. Since 2010, the annual death toll has increased only 1 percent.

–Five frequently-prescribed opioid painkillers were a factor in 482 deaths last year, or 59 percent of all fatal overdoses. In 2010, those five drugs contributed to 588 deaths, or 72 percent of the total. Oxycodone was the most frequent offender, followed closely by hydrocodone. (Because some deaths involve “cocktails” of lethal drugs, the individual drug tallies add up to more than 823.)

–Prescription benzodiazepine tranquilizers continue to be a factor in many overdoses, showing little change over five years. Alprazolam (Xanax) and diazepam (Valium) contributed to 195 deaths last year, or 24 percent of total overdoses. “Benzos” are seldom lethal by themselves but can be deadly when combined with opioids or alcohol.

–Methamphetamine overdoses are soaring. They accounted for 265 deaths last year, or nearly a third of all fatal overdoses. The total represented a 157 percent increase since 2010’s death toll of 103. The fatality count keeps climbing despite a dramatic decline in the number of Oklahoma meth lab busts. Officials attributed the change to surging imports of Mexican meth.

–Heroin overdoses might soon account for 1 in 10 opioid-related deaths in Oklahoma. They increased to 31 last year from only 12 in 2011. So far in 2016, they are on track to hit 40 or more. Health experts said the increase reflects the rising cost of prescription painkillers as well as increased imports by Mexican cartels.

“We’re seeing an increase in heroin because of the cost of Oxy (oxycodone),” said Hal Vorse, a physician who treats addicts at a clinic in Oklahoma City.

“I saw a guy today who was doing 300 milligrams a day of oxycodone,” Vorse said. “That’s a $300- to $400-a-day habit … They can get the same effect at about a third of the cost by using heroin.”

Vorse said prescription oxycodone is currently selling on the street for $1 to $1.25 per milligram. A frequent user might need as much as 100 milligrams a day just to ward off withdrawal symptoms.

The rising use of black-market drugs such as methamphetamine and heroin appears to be an unintended, if perhaps unavoidable, consequence of concerted efforts to combat the significant increase in prescription drug abuse over the last two decades.

They cited several changes in recent years.

First, a new law that took effect in November 2014 reclassified hydrocodone “combo” painkillers such as Lortab and Norco as Schedule II controlled dangerous substances. That meant doctors could not write prescriptions for more than 90 days and could no longer phone in prescriptions to pharmacists.

Another new law enacted in 2014 expanded the ability of emergency medical personnel and family members to administer Naloxone, a drug that reverses the effects of opioid overdoses. Its increased availability is believed to be reducing the number of fatal overdoses among people who continue to abuse dangerous drugs.

Yet another new law that took effect in November 2015 requires doctors to check the state’s Prescription Monitoring Program database at least once every six months before prescribing opioid painkillers or benzodiazepine tranquilizers. That helps them spot abusers who are obtaining overlapping prescriptions from other doctors.

Meanwhile, extensive coverage of prescription drug abuse and more aggressive education programs aimed at health professionals and patients have heightened awareness of the overdose crisis.

In addition, tougher enforcement actions, including highly publicized criminal prosecutions of overprescribing physicians and shutdowns of high-volume “pill-mill” clinics, might be causing doctors to exercise more caution.

“Probably the biggest impact is just more physicians becoming aware that this is a big issue,” said Lyle Kelsey, executive director of the Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision.

“I think it’s really starting to settle out into two categories – those (doctors) that play the game and want to rack up a bunch of money and get out … and those that are trying to take all of the knowledge and say, ‘How can we do this right?’” Kelsey said.

“Ten, 15 years ago, everybody was pushing the idea that you couldn’t get hooked on opiates, and you could just prescribe them,” Kelsey said. “Now, it’s kind of like standing in front of a locomotive and trying to slow it down.”


Comments Off on David Christopher Voss, 41, of Portland, gets 3 years for giving Methamphetamine to teen girl under the age of 16 and raping her

A Southeast Portland man was sentenced to three years in prison Friday after prosecutors said he supplied a girl with methamphetamine and raped her last year.20829635-mmmain

Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Eric Bloch sentenced David Christopher Voss, 41, after he pleaded guilty to charges of third-degree rape, delivery of methamphetamine to a minor and felon in possession of a firearm.

The sexual assault occurred Aug. 3, according to the indictment. The victim was under 16 at the time.

She didn’t attend Friday’s hearing.

On Sept. 21, 2015, Portland detectives pulled Voss over before executing a warrant to search his home, according to a probable cause affidavit. Officers found eight bags of methamphetamine inside his car, and found a firearm and heroin in his home, Deputy District Attorney David Hannon wrote in the affidavit.

Voss will have to register as a sex offender and attend sex offender treatment after his release, Bloch said.

“I hope that once you get past this prison sentence that you can recognize your wrong thinking and actions … and get the help that you need to never again (end up in court),” Bloch said.

“That’s the plan,” Voss replied.


Comments Off on Jury finds former Nebraska probation officer, Thomas Peterson, 57, guilty of depriving four women of their civil, “bodily integrity” rights – at least one woman on probation for Methamphetamine

A federal jury has decided that a former Nebraska probation officer used his position to sexually exploit women assigned to him for intensive supervision.

Thomas Peterson, 57, was found guilty of depriving four women of their civil rights while they were on probation, specifically their rights to “bodily integrity.” He was also convicted of making false statements to a government agent and faces as many as nine years in federal prison.

Peterson was a state probation officer with the District 9 probation office in Kearney. Prosecutors said he subjected four women to unsolicited and nonconsensual sexual conduct between 2010 and early 2014.

The jury deliberated for less than half a day after listening to testimony for four days.

“For much of the past decade, Mr. Peterson had been using his (probation) caseload as his kind of personal hunting ground to troll for women,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Jan Sharp said in opening statements Monday.

“And what he did you’re going to hear is box them into a situation where they would submit to his sexual advances.”

Sharp argued Peterson used the power of his office to fondle the women and get them to fondle him, that he got them to perform oral sex on him and in at least one case had sexual intercourse with a probationer.

The women submitted, Sharp argued, because he had the ear of the judge and his word could mean the difference between them completing probation or going to jail.

“They submitted to him because they were afraid of what would happen to them if they made their probation officer mad,” he said.

But Lincoln defense attorney Bob Creager noted that Sharp did not allege that Peterson forced himself on the women or that they resisted him.

“There’s no doubt that Mr. Peterson’s judgment was poor, his sense of morality is not good,” Creager said, but asked the jury to really question why the women would engage in sexual acts with him if they didn’t want to.

“Keep an open mind,” he said. “Who’s taking advantage of who?”

During closing arguments Friday morning, Creager argued that someone can’t consent to sex and at the same time claim it violated their civil rights.

Prosecutors countered that some of the women didn’t speak up because Peterson had leverage on them.

But Creager argued the sexual acts were consensual and said the women might have seen them as opportunities to gather ammunition against their probation officer that could help them.

On Tuesday, a 34-year-old woman who was on probation under Peterson’s supervision twice testified that she performed oral sex on him two times.

“I just didn’t feel like I had any other choice,” she said.

Peterson knew she had been using marijuana and methamphetamine again and had even seen bricks of marijuana in her apartment during a surprise visit, meaning her probation could be revoked, she said.

If she reported him, “who did you think would have more credibility?” Sharp asked her.

“Mr. Peterson,” she answered.

On cross-examination, Creager pointed out that the woman got information from Peterson about warrants she might have against her or drug raids by the local police.

He also noted that Peterson asked her to have sex with him in previous encounters and she said no. There weren’t any repercussions, the woman testified.

Creager asked her if she reported Peterson’s conduct when she was no longer on probation, and she said she didn’t. She also testified that when an interviewer contacted her after her last probation term about an investigation into allegations of inappropriate contact between Peterson and one of the people he supervised, she had only positive things to say about him.

Attorneys gave their closing statements Friday morning and the jury returned with the guilty verdict just before 3:30. While reading the verdict to himself, Creager shook his head before Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf read it out loud.

Peterson has been on unsupervised release since his arrest and will remain free until he’s sentenced Oct. 20.



Comments Off on Taylor Astin Swilley, 20, of Micanopy, killed two children while driving on Methamphetamine

GAINESVILLE — Authorities say Taylor Astin Swilley, 20, was impaired by methamphetamine during an Easter crash.

A Micanopy man was arrested Friday on DUI manslaughter and other charges relating to a crash on Easter that killed his infant daughter and another child on State Road 26 east of Gainesville.ktdjjdjdjhdjdjh

Authorities believe Taylor Astin Swilley, 20, was impaired by methamphetamine at the time, according to the Gainesville Police Department. Swilley’s 4-month-old daughter, Faith, and Steven Morton, 6, were killed in the March 27 crash.

“During the general crash investigation, (Swilley) said that he was driving his vehicle ‘blacked-out,'” GPD Officer John O’Ferrell wrote in his report. “(Swilley) remembered his wife … putting on her makeup, then the next thing he remembers is regaining consciousness after his vehicle had crashed.”

The crash happened at about 12:31 p.m.

The 2003 Kia Sorrento, driven by Swilley, was northbound on SR 26 near the Gum Root Swamp conservation area when it veered across the road’s center line and into the southbound lane. It collided head-on with a 2006 Toyota Corolla, in which little Steven Morton was a passenger, police said. The impact sent the Toyota off the road.

Meanwhile, the Kia struck another car — a 2007 Toyota Scion — and both cars swerved off the road. The crash blocked State Road 26 from Copeland Road to the intersection of 39th Avenue.

Steven Morton and Faith Swilley were taken to the hospital. Steven died that day, and Faith died four days later.


Comments Off on Kayla Renee Crittendon, 32, charged in Weakley Methamphetamine bust

A woman has been charged with promotion of meth manufacture after a Weakley County lab was found Monday.636053817308668543-Crittendon

The Weakley County Sheriff’s Department charged Kayla Renee Crittendon, 32, according to a Friday press release.

The release said Crittendon bought sinus tablets with pseudoephedrine two days before the search warrant served that were found at the lab. The release said the pills were bought with a prescription and that pseudoephedrine is needed to manufacture methamphetamine.

Crittendon does not live at the meth lab site and was not there when the warrant was served, according to the release.


Comments Off on Seven Myanmar policemen detained after 300,000 Methamphetamine tablets found at police post

YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar police have detained seven colleagues from a border unit after nearly 300,000 methamphetamine tablets were found hidden at their camp, a senior official told Reuters on Thursday.

Acting on a tip-off, police raided a Border Police camp in a remote area near the frontier with Bangladesh and found the drugs buried in the camp kitchen.

“The police found a total of 292,500 stimulant tablets hidden in the ground inside the kitchen,” Soe Linn Aye, a senior officer at national police headquarters in the capital, Naypyitaw, told Reuters. The haul was estimated to be worth 580 million kyat ($490,000), he said.

Myanmar has for decades been a major producer of opium and its refined form, heroin, and in more recent years it has also become a major supplier of the stimulant methamphetamine.

Narcotics pose a major headache for the government led by Aung San Suu Kyi, which governs the large, impoverished and fractious country after winning a landslide election victory in November.

Most drugs are produced in border areas controlled by ethnic minority rebels or by militias allied with the military.

Myanmar’s western border with India and Bangladesh is an important route used to smuggle chemicals for the production of methamphetamines into Myanmar.

The manufactured drugs are then smuggled back the other way, into South Asia, experts say. Drugs from Myanmar also flow north into China and east into Southeast Asia.

Experts fear that Myanmar could soon see an explosion in methamphetamine use. The drug is already widely used in different parts of Asia.



I need your help!

Posted: 29th July 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized
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Meth in the News

Professor Nicholas E Goeders

As I have done many times before, I am going to use my prerogative to go in a different but related direction this week. It will still be about meth, but if you are looking for the next big meth bust or meth-fueled horrific act, I’m going to do something different today.

And, actually, I need your help!

This all came about because of what happened to two ladies that my wife and I met several months ago. We watched them as they fought their addictions. They have now both been clean and sober for several months, and we are so proud of them.

But then something happened. Something that is not new to me – I have heard it all before. I have received letters from men in prison pleading for help with this, and the same thing from women and men alike that contact me by other means. I have literally heard this cry time and time again.

There are many types of treatment programs – medically facilitated (like the medicines-based pharmacotherapy I have been developing for almost 30 years), psychotherapy, 12-step programs, faith-based programs, or a combination of these that do help people get sober, with varying degrees of success.

So someone goes into treatment, and gets clean and sober. Then what?

Some of you may be saying, Ok Doc, what’s your point?

You see, one of the ladies I mentioned above was released from treatment and had to move in with her daughter. The other lady was put on a bus to Monroe with nowhere to live. They are both scared to death now! They are scared that all of their hard work to become sober may suddenly dissolve if they can’t figure out how to live a sober life.

What do they do now? How do they restart their lives as sober members of society?

Yes, I have heard this same cry time and time again. I’ve had more and more people tell me that this is one of the major reasons for the high recidivism rate for drug addiction.

I even discuss this in my addiction lectures to medical students – I usually call it the “Lindsey Lohan” effect – not to pick on her, but because many people are familiar with her trips in and out of rehab.

While in treatment, it is relatively easy for her to stay sober. But when she gets out, that is when her problems start. And this also happens to many people who successfully complete treatment. They cannot deal with life on the outside sober, so they relapse to drug use.

Lindsey Lohan has wealth and people to support her when she gets out of treatment, and she still has had her problems with sobriety. Most people, including the two ladies I mentioned above, have nowhere to go – nowhere to turn!

It is not just an aspect of treatment. What if the newly sober woman grew up in a meth house? What if her mother or both parents used meth in binges, often neglecting her while she was growing up?

What if she started using meth herself as a young teenage girl and was exposed to repeated meth use and sexual abuse that lasted well into adulthood?

What if the newly sober man had left home while young and started using alcohol and marijuana, got into trouble with the law and spent much of his life either in detention or the courts? Now all he knows is his drug use and the hustle required for him to get by on the outside.

How can they learn how to get and keep a job? Where can they get the required job or social skills? Who will even hire them? Who do they turn to if everyone they know is either a cop or criminal?

Where do meth (and other drug) addicts turn for social rehabilitation after they finish treatment and get clean? Where can they find a safe place to live and learn the indispensable social skills that you and I take for granted?

There are so many aspects of our daily life that are considered “normal” and routine and are done by everyone that we know.

For example, you likely went to school or are in school now. You found and keep a job, and have somewhere to live with the utilities turned on for your use. You have a car, and pay for the insurance. You have a doctor and dentist you see regularly. You know how to shop for and prepare your meals. You know how to dress appropriately for the things that you do. You know how to use the Internet and library to find useful information. You know how to carry on a conversation with someone you just met. You know how to live your normal everyday life.

Most of us do these things almost without thinking. They reflect where and how we were raised, the learning and supports from our parents, the guidance of teachers, ministers, family and friends. They reflect our own determination based on our sense of self and security.

But when someone becomes totally immersed with using drugs, especially meth – and when that happens at an early age, they never learn these rather simple social skills. They don’t know how to write a resume, balance a checkbook, apply for a job, and maybe 100’s of other things that we take for granted to live in society today. What if they have been out of mainstream society for so long that they no longer remember the simplest of life’s skills?

You know what happens next, whether you want to admit it or not. When they cannot find a safe place to live or get a job or figure out what to do next, they RELAPSE! It’s as simple as that. Then they are using again, often committing crimes against you and me to feed their drug use. And we complain about the high crime rate.

There must be some way to help them stay clean and become productive members of society. It’s the other side of treatment that is too often neglected. Getting clean is hard work. Staying clean is harder work. They want to do it, but often can’t. We have to ask ourselves why treatment doesn’t seem to work. The newly sober woman or man just falls through the cracks. They have completed treatment and were sent on their way. They may be free of the drug, at least temporarily, but if they don’t learn – or relearn – how to be a member of society, they soon relapse.

I am asking for your help! They are asking for OUR help! I can keep praying to win the Powerball jackpot, but you know what the chances of that are. When my two new friends ended up with nowhere to go after they finished treatment, it was as though God finally told me that now was the time to do something.

So I need YOUR help!

Almost every family has been touched by drug addiction in one form or another, and many families have been torn apart by meth. And if not meth, they have been touched by alcohol, prescription drugs or cocaine, among many others. There are so many of you who can relate to what I am describing.

Furthermore, people who use meth tell me that I would be shocked beyond belief if I knew how many people were actually using meth today. You’ve heard me talk about this before. This is a much, much more widespread problem than our society has been willing to admit.

They need our help – and our love. They are as deserving of love as anyone else – we all are.

I know that there are halfway houses out there. But there are not enough – and people keep falling through the cracks. We HAVE to help them. My wife and I are being called to do something NOW to help, and we must start somewhere.

We want to provide an environment where newly sober women and men have a safe place to live – and where they can also learn the necessary skills to survive and lead a drug-free life.

We cannot rely on the government for help. Louisiana is out of money – look at all the budget cuts that have already been made this year. And believe me, more are coming. We also all know that the U.S. government is trillions of dollars in debt. The money is just not there. Besides, government grants and the associated government control are not the way to solve this problem.

This must be a grassroots effort, with communities coming together, providing money, facilities, and people’s time, effort, and love to make this happen.

So regular readers of this column, you know the horrors of meth addiction, both to the users themselves and to society. Will you help me?

What will this social rehabilitation look like? What needs to be considered, and what skills should be learned? How do I go about finding the support and the funding to get our rehabilitation facility started and operational?

If your family has been touched by drug addiction, and you have resources that we could use – let’s talk! If you have a way to help, let me know. It might be your knowledge, time, property/ facility, or money. There are so many of you out there that know something needs to be done, and want to be part of the solution. Let me hear FROM YOU.

It is time to quit pretending that there is not a huge drug problem in our country. It is time to stop turning a blind eye to the problem! It is time to stop thinking that the government is going to fix this. It is time to do something, time for us to do something – NOW!

Please let me hear from you! Future columns will discuss what you have to say and how you want to help, and how we can begin to make an impact in people’s lives.

Please contact me at I truly need YOUR help!

Comments Off on Southaven Methamphetamine bust nets arrest of 11 women and men

Southaven police arrested 11 people Wednesday in a drug bust that netted methamphetamine and crystal methamphetamine from a home in the Colonial Hills area.

According to Police Chief Steve Pirtle, officers served a narcotics search warrant on the home in the 2000 block of Colonial Hills Drive.

“This was the result of an investigation by our narcotics officers after receiving numerous complaints from the neighborhood about this residence,” Pirtle said.

The suspects were charged after officers searched the home and found the meth and crystal meth, Pirtle said.

The chief said he was unsure of the bond amounts for the suspects.

Those arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance are:

April Leigh Staggs, 35; Kristen Dale Harris, 24; and Brack Coby Harris, 25, all of Potts Camp, Mississippi; James Steven Miller, 28, and Whitney Marie Hickman, 28, both of Southaven; Ashley Dee Canady, 32, of Germantown; Courtnee Nicole Gray, 29, of Coldwater, Mississippi; Brian Christopher Hayes, 23, of Red Banks, Mississippi; and Steven John Williams, 27, of Memphis.

Also arrested were Shane Stanley Hickman, 30, of Southaven, who was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, and Zachary Harris, 24, of Byhalia, Mississippi, charged with possession of a controlled substance and being a fugitive from justice.


Comments Off on 15 women and men arrested in major bust involving sex-trafficking of both adults and juveniles, Methamphetamine, during Cheyenne Frontier Days operation

CHEYENNE – Prostitution may have been a fixture of the Old West, but it’s the one fixture local police don’t want to see re-enacted at Cheyenne Frontier Days.

And so, in the first-ever operation of its kind, the Cheyenne Police Department joined forces this week with 579aeef6c3232_imagethe Federal Bureau of Investigation to crack down on suspected sex trafficking and prostitution, arresting 15 people between Monday and Wednesday.

The news came via a Thursday afternoon release naming 14 of the 15 individuals arrested:

  • Angela Martinez, 19, of Carlsbad, New Mexico; Princess Stevenson, 22, of Vancouver, Washington; and Erin Miller, 29, of Cheyenne were arrested on one count each of prostitution.
  • Tasha Grip, 34, of Greeley, Colorado, was arrested for one count of prostitution and possession of methamphetamine.
  • James Cox, 59; William Scott, 26; Kevin Tanner, 48; William Eigenman, 30; and James Zlomke, 47, all from Cheyenne, were arrested for one count each of soliciting an act of prostitution.

Zlomke is a teacher at Cheyenne’s East High School, where he has worked since 1999.

  • Justin Johnson, 39, and Ricky McCrary, 46, both of Cheyenne, were arrested for two counts of soliciting an act of prostitution.
  • Julio Reyes, 37, of Cheyenne, was arrested for two counts of soliciting an act of prostitution and possession of marijuana.
  • Jose Pulido, 49, of Greeley, Colorado, was contacted during the course of the operation and arrested for possession of marijuana. Christine Yunker, 47, of Greeley, was contacted during the course of the operation and charged with possession of methamphetamine.

A 15th person, an unidentified adult male, was also arrested for soliciting a sexual act with a juvenile. His name is being withheld pending follow-up by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation’s Internet Crimes Against Children unit.

Cheyenne Police Chief Brian Kozak said the arrests follow more than a year of preparation, which was prompted by a contact from the FBI.

“Since we formed our Community Action Team about three years ago, there are officers that focus on problem areas we have in town,” Kozak said. “This team had, over the last couple of years, been getting information that a lot of the drug arrests we’ve been making here, meth cases, a lot of times there’s prostitution involved,” Kozak said.

“We had the FBI contact us, and one of their missions is to rescue underage girls in the sex trade, and they notice a spike in escort services here during Frontier Days. In fact, it’s one of the largest spikes they see in this region.”

With the FBI in both Cheyenne and Denver providing expertise in how to conduct a prostitution sting, Kozak said CPD officers then began soliciting prostitutes via escort services and various online sites, as well as soliciting clientele by producing their own escort pages.

“Our undercover agents pretended to be johns in hotel rooms, and the escorts would meet them in the hotel rooms,” Kozak said. “Then we would reverse that and have advertisements on websites that we had escort girls, and the johns would contact us for that as well.”

In the case of the man arrested for soliciting a sexual act with a juvenile, Kozak said the man had responded to officers who posed as a minor online.

“Our undercover agents posed as a 12-year-old, and this john came to meet her,” Kozak said.

He added that the success of the operation serves to prove what the CPD has long suspected – that Cheyenne Frontier Days, like many other large events, attracts its fair share of prostitution and, potentially, sex trafficking.

“Our investigators have been monitoring these (escort) websites, and we see spikes of activity during these times,” Kozak said. “And we have not done an operation like this in the past, so you know darn well the pimps down in the Denver area know it’s a good resource in Cheyenne because there’s no enforcement here. We wanted to change that and let them know there is enforcement now.”

Along with the FBI, Kozak said local police were assisted by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, as well as the Laramie County District Attorney’s Office, in executing the sting. He noted that the FBI’s expertise also served as training for CPD officers, making it easier for them to conduct similar operations on their own in the future.

“They were a great help with our team for their first operation,” Kozak said. “And this is something we are going to continue.”

He said the only downside, at least from a law enforcement standpoint, is that the operation failed to uncover any cases of overt sex trafficking – but not for lack of trying.

“We did not rescue any girls,” Kozak said. “One of the things our investigators do, we talk to each of the women and determine what their situation is – do they have a pimp or not, what can we help them with? In this operation, all the girls who were prostitutes were willing operators.”

Even so, the arrests do highlight the importance of pursuing human trafficking, which is something the local Zonta Club has been taking pains to publicize at this year’s rodeo as well.

“Our mission is advancing women’s status worldwide, and our intent is to raise awareness for human trafficking this Frontier Days,” said Misti Fisher with the Zonta Club of Cheyenne. “Our hope is if one person got helped, we’ve done our job.”

Fisher said she and other club members have been posting fliers all over town this week to encourage people to call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 888-373-7888 if they or anyone they know may be a victim of human trafficking.

“It’s hard to get people to talk about, so I’m so glad our community is starting to open its eyes to such a dark subject,” Fisher said.

“Cheyenne Frontier Days was very accommodating to us, and I think it’s great that (local law enforcement) are doing this.”

As for whether CPD has any plans to continue its undercover work through the remainder of this year’s event, Kozak said he isn’t one to kiss and tell.

“We’ve got to let people guess,” he said.



CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Cheyenne Police Release) The Cheyenne Police Department, the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted a joint operation to target sex trafficking of both adults and juveniles surrounding the events for Cheyenne Frontier Days between July 25 and July 27. One of the men arrested, James Zlomke, also taught at Cheyenne East High School.human+traffic+MARTINEZ

Angela Martinez,19, of Carlsbad, N.M.; Princess Stevenson, 22, of Vancouver, Wash.; and Erin Miller, 29, of Cheyenne; were arrested on one count each of prostitution. Tasha Grip, 34, of Greeley, Colo. was arrested for one count of prostitution and possession of methamphetamine. James Cox, 59, of Cheyenne; William Scott, 26, of Cheyenne; Kevin Tanner, 48, of Cheyenne; William Eigenman, 30, of Cheyenne; and James Zlomke, 47, of Cheyenne, were arrested for one count of soliciting an act of prostitution. Justin Johnson, 39, of Cheyenne, and Ricky McCrary, 46, of Cheyenne, were arrested for two counts of soliciting an act of prostitution. Julio Reyes, 37, of Cheyenne, was arrested for two counts of soliciting an act of prostitution and possession of marijuana. Jose Pulido, 49, of Greeley, Colo., was contacted during the course of the operation and arrested for possession of marijuana. Christine Yunker, 47, of Greeley, Colo. was contacted during the course of the operation and charged with possession of methamphetamine.Human+traffic+ZLOMKE

Also during the operation an adult male from Cheyenne was arrested for soliciting a sexual act with a juvenile.This specific investigation is being followed up by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation Internet Crimes Against Children unit.

The task force’s main objective is to identify and recover victims of commercial sex trafficking. Additionally, the task force takes enforcement action against those associated with, or participating in commercial sex trafficking.

The Cheyenne Police Department will continue to conduct these operations throughout the year.

Comments Off on Michael Terry Todd, 56, of Peel, arrested for rape of 10-year-old child, Methamphetamine and drugs, according to the Flippin Police Department

An investigation by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Flippin Police Department has resulted in a litany of charges against a 56-year-old Peel man.

According to a news release from Flippin Police Department spokesperson Dusty Smith, Michael Terry Todd was arrested Tuesday nine felony charges and one misdemeanor offense.B9323137251Z_1_20160728122944_000_G2VF4SJKI_1-0

Smith said the arrest stems from a join investigation by the sheriff’s office and Flippin police after a report was received alleging Todd had sexual contact with a 10-year-old child. Information was developed during the investigation by the Flippin Police Department and an arrest warrant was granted for the offense of rape, Smith added. A search warrant was also issued for Todd’s residence in Peel as authorities sought additional physical evidence.

Todd was located traveling in a vehicle on Tuesday by Flippin police, who conducted a traffic stop to arrest Todd on the rape charges. Smith said during the course of the stop, officers from the sheriff’s department searched the vehicle Todd was traveling in and located methamphetamine, oxycodone, a firearm and U.S. currency.

Special agents from the Arkansas State Police joined Marion County authorities to execute a search warrant at Todd’s residence later Tuesday afternoon and located methamphetamine with a street value of $85,000. Smith said officers also located acid, hallucinogenic mushrooms, high-grade marijuana, prescription pills, marijuana plants, firearms, U.S. currency and numerous items related to the sale and distribution of narcotics. Officers also located evidence related to the alleged sex crime.

Todd faces charges of rape and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, both of which are Class Y felonies, the most serious crimes in Arkansas that are not punishable by death. He also faces felony charges related to the possession, distribution and use of methamphetamine and other drugs, as well as possession of a firearm by certain persons.

Todd remains incarcerated at the Marion County Detention Facility with bond for the Rape charge set at $100,000, and bond for the numerous drug and firearms related charges set at $75,000.


Comments Off on Philip Henry Johnson, 51, boys tennis coach at Baylor School in Chattanooga, arrested for allegedly buying Methamphetamine in Whitfield County, Ga

Philip Henry Johnson, the boys tennis coach at Baylor School in Chattanooga, was arrested Thursday afternoon after buying $200 worth of methamphetamine in Whitfield County, Ga., according to a news release.

During a recent investigation, the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office received information that a Baylor coach frequently traveled to that county to purchase meth, according to the release from Sheriff Scott Chitwood.5ytwqut-qw0tuew9

Investigators determined that the man was planning to make another purchase of the meth on Thursday, and officers set up surveillance around Interstate 75 at the Tunnel Hill exit. At about 2:30 p.m. the suspect met with a cooperating source at a nearby store to purchase meth from him for $200, the news release states. The source’s vehicle was equipped with recording devices, and the transaction was recorded.

Johnson, 51, then left the store parking lot and was stopped by officers as he was getting back onto the interstate. Authorities said the plastic bag containing the chemical substance sold to Johnson was recovered in an empty can in his vehicle.

The suspect also had a firearm in his possession, according to authorities.

Johnson, a resident of Ooltewah, was charged with attempt or conspiracy to violate the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and use of communication facilities during drug transactions.

He is being held without bond in the Whitfield County Jail, and the investigation is continuing, the sheriff said.


Comments Off on 82 women and men arrested, wire taps used in Methamphetamine ring takedown in Northeast Wisconsin

BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) — Action 2 News learns dozens more people have been arrested in connection to the large methamphetamine bust in Northeast Wisconsin that started back in March.

The Brown County Drug Task Force now tells us agents have taken a total of 82 people into custody since then, all related to a drug trafficking operation. Prosecutors say they were selling several pounds of meth a week throughout the area.tdhtheagdfag

After a viewer question on the case, we started digging into it and discovered the courts quietly unsealed new information about the bust.

“You understand… these pleas are accepted and you’re entering them as a no contest plea, you’ll be found guilty of those charges. Do you understand that?” Brown County Circuit Court Judge John Zakowski asks defendant Daniel Adams.

Adams replies, “Yes.”

“You’re giving up your right to a jury trial and those jury trial rights. Is that what you want to do?” asks Zakowski.

“Yes, that’s what I want to do,” says Adams.

With that, the 42-year old pleads no contest to seven charges from Brown and Kewaunee Counties, including conspiracy to deliver meth, marijuana and cocaine.

His lawyer asks that he spend 15 years in prison for his part in the drug trafficking operation, but the judge will make the final sentencing decision in October.

Adams asked for a speedy trial and is the first of the 38 people initially arrested in March to reach a deal.

But prosecutors say he’s by no means the leader of the operation.

They point to Bill Yang for that, saying he was responsible for trafficking up to six pounds of meth and 20 pounds of marijuana a week throughout the area.

Action 2 News discovered the courts recently unsealed some parts of the cases, giving us an idea just how big this operation was.

Brown County prosecutors filed a total of 51 drug-related meth, marijuana and conspiracy charges against Yang. That’s by far the most of any of the suspects.

Others face more than a dozen charges, including Abel Soung, who prosecutors labeled second in command. He faces 11 charges in Brown County.

Twenty charges have been filed against Jacob Jaeger.

Jeffrey Tarkowski and Deanna Suchan face 18 each.

In all, we found 219 charges have been filed in connection with this meth operation.

While parts of the investigation remain sealed, we did find motions in the open court files indicating investigators used wire taps or some sort of electronic surveillance to obtain information in the case.

The dozens of others arrested have court dates in the next several weeks, with possible jury trials by the fall.

That’s when we could learn more about the investigation.




New Details: 82 arrested, wire taps used in meth ring takedown in Northeast Wisconsin


Comments Off on Saskatoon’s most vulnerable falling victim to Methamphetamine – Drug use poses a danger to all on city streets

You know there’s something strange happening on the streets of Saskatoon when you see a man, hiding behind a bike lane post, convinced he’s well hidden and that no one can see him.csp

It’s just one of the things the Community Support Program has seen over the last six months. That’s because there’s an ominous presence out there in the form of methamphetamine.

We don’t want to see someone fall ill– Lesley Prefontaine, CSP supervisor 

“We try and engage and help the best that we can,” said CSP supervisor Lesley Prefontaine.

People like Prefontaine patrol some of the city’s toughest turf armed only with kindness, empathy and compassion.

Lesley Prefontaine says her patrol members care about people on the streets and are heartbroken at the toll meth is taking.

The city’s Community Support Program is a five person team of beat officers who walk Riversdale, Downtown, and Broadway trying to make the streets safer for everyone.

A key part of the job is reaching out to addicts, some of this city’s most vulnerable residents. Prefontaine said that meth is making their job more dangerous.

“They tend to be more aggressive and I guess that’s what we notice too and with that comes the complication of where do we bring them — and how do we help them from there.”

Police confirm meth use on the rise

Sometimes the CSP officers are able to find a detox bed or a safe place for meth users to go. But too often, the only option is to call police.

Robin Wintermute is a detective sergeant with the drug street team. Wintermute also sees a dangerous shift occurring with street people on meth.

We are finding aggressive behaviour– Detective Sergeant Robin Wintermute

“They are not in a calm state of mind for the most part,” said Wintermute.

“You know we are finding aggressive behavior,” he said. “They get a rush of confidence, high boost of energy, they are hyper alert.”

So far in 2016, according to police, arrests for trafficking and possessing methamphetamine have almost doubled over the same time period last year.

Police say meth is now a factor in a high percentage of property crimes in Saskatoon.

CSP officers say meth use is heartbreaking

And for the small team of support officers there is much more at play, beyond the alarming crime statistics and the rise of meth among addicts on the streets. There is also heartbreak.

“We do build relationships with these individuals,” said Prefontaine.

Prefontaine said what they are seeing is a dramatic decline in the health and well-being of addicts. People who had been struggling with alcohol problems, and now many have moved on to a dangerous, highly addictive and physically debilitating drug.

“We’ve seen people who spiral from a life of addiction — but a somewhat manageable one — to something that’s very destructive,” she said. “They are important to us, they are important to other people in our community, and we don’t want to see someone fall ill to something like that.”


Comments Off on National Border Control Council: Clinton will bring cartel violence and terror to America

In one of the strongest rebukes of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s immigration proposals to date, the National Border Control Council says the Democrat’s open border plans could bring American deaths at the hands of both Mexican drug cartels and Islamic terrorists.

“Clinton’s call for amnesty in her first 100 days and expanding these dangerous policies demonstrates her deeply alarming willingness to sell out the security of American families to advance her political or financial interests. Her immigration plan is not only dangerous for all American families, but previews an administration that will once again defy the will of the voters and Congress to implement a divisive, reckless and partisan agenda,” the union said in a statement.

The council, which has formally endorsed Donald Trump’s GOP presidential bid, represents more than

Mexico's Drug War

Mexico’s Drug War

16,500 men and women who work on the front lines of the nation’s border protection.

From their perspective, the vast damage already done to border security under the Obama administration is only going to get worse if Clinton is elected.

And they aren’t the only ones worried.

Earlier this month, Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions said Clinton’s immigration proposals should alone be enough to bar her from the White House.

“Hillary Clinton announced yesterday that if elected President, she will expand President Obama’s illegal amnesty even further,” Sessions said in a statement. “The fact that the courts have so far blocked this lawless overreach seems to carry no weight with Clinton.”

The Alabama lawmaker was referring to a deadlocked Supreme Court ruling earlier this summer which stalled Obama’s plans to provide amnesty for more than 4 million illegal aliens via executive fiat.

Clinton contends that forging ahead with Obama’s illegal amnesty plans is a fins idea because she thinks the nation’s borders are already secure.

“I think we’ve done a really good job securing the border,” the former secretary of state said in March.

“I think that those who say we haven’t are not paying attention to what was done the last 15 years under President [George W.] Bush and President [Barack] Obama,” Clinton added.

The former first lady cites a drop in the number of illegal immigrants captured along the nation’s southern border in recent years as proof for her claims. What she fails to mention, however, are Obama directives against enforcing immigration laws which would significantly drive up those figures.

But if you believe the men and women who spend every day working to secure the nation’s borders are “paying attention,” Clinton’s secure border claims quickly fall apart.

As the Border Council noted: “It has been reported that the agency released more than 80,000 illegal aliens with criminal records. This number was significantly larger than what Director Saldana told Congress during her testimony. The Boston Globe reported that 30 percent of those released in New England re-offended and were charged with rape, child molestation, aggravated assault, armed robbery and attempted murder. This is Obama’s true legacy on border security.”

And it’s a legacy Clinton has vowed to continue. That, according to the Border Council, should worry all Americans.

From its statement: “Every American family should be alarmed that her plan leaves their children vulnerable to drug cartels that control the Mexican border. Last year, 150,000 people were killed by these ruthless criminal organizations. Anyone who opposed them quickly discovered that these cartel leaders were morally bankrupt. Hundreds of journalists, activists, politicians and law enforcement officers simply disappeared or fled to the U.S., as the cartels used forms of terror such as torture, dismemberment and beheadings to control people. Clinton’s failure to recognize this pending threat leaves all of us vulnerable to the growing power and influence of these criminal organizations.”



Border Control Council: Clinton will bring cartel violence and terror to America