MADISON COUNTY — Meth making is on the rise in Madison County and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office says they’re seeing more people using dangerous makeshift labs to quickly produce the substance.

Since the beginning of the year, deputies have already had two meth lab busts and they’re still investigating more.7c7f7dce-6523-4f99-b1f2-9bdd28ca256b-large16x9_meth

“It’s one thing after another with law enforcement. You try and keep up with it, but we’re always a step behind in fighting crime because the laws don’t keep up with the way things are,” says Sheriff Allen Riley.

Sheriff Riley says they’re seeing more home meth labs mainly in rural parts of Madison County where people are actually cooking the meth with household items.

The recent spike of meth in the county has to do with more people using cheap materials to cook the drug. The people producing the product are using what’s called the “one-pot method”, which uses a soda bottle to mix the chemicals, which Sheriff Riley says is extremely dangerous.

“The bottle can explode. And, cause dangerous fires and stuff like that. The one pot method, you can make it mobile, you can cook it while you’re in the car, I’ve heard stories where people actually cooked it while they’re in stores, shopping,” says Sheriff Riley.

Recently, the Sheriff’s Department added two new officers so they can crack down on this widespread problem.

In the meantime, they’re also reminding the public to do their part. They’re urging everyone to be lookout for these one pot method containers and any strange odors.

“Those are things you need to look for. You don’t need to go near them, just give us a call and we’ll go check it out. Because like I said you go across the one that’s still cooking and it could explode,” says Sheriff Riley.

Since 2014, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office has received $130,000 in funding to help fight against the growing meth problem.

The money allowed Sheriff’s deputies to increase patrols and add one and half deputy positions. The county board is currently considering another proposal aimed at drug enforcement that would add 10 deputies over the next 3 years.

 

 

 

 

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Police have arrested yet another Chinese national in connection with a methamphetamine smuggling ring that operated out of Phnom Penh’s Sokha hotel until authorities raided the premises earlier this month, while three other suspects have been jailed on charges of manufacturing and trafficking drugs, an official said on Friday.

A Vietnamese sex worker who was apprehended at the luxury hotel in Chroy Changva district on February 3 was released earlier this week when investigators determined that she was not involved in the narcotics racket, according to Van Chansovandara, a section chief at the municipal police’s anti-drug bureau.

Mr. Chansovandara said the latest suspect, a Chinese man, was arrested outside Phnom Penh International Airport on Thursday evening and was being questioned alongside a Chinese man who was caught in possession of two suspicious white substances at the Sokha hotel on Friday last week and three others who were apprehended at the airport the next day.

“Our police arrested a man near the airport who is part of the group of dealers arrested at the Sokha hotel,” he said.

“So far, nine suspects are involved in this single meth case at the Sokha hotel,” he added, explaining that the initial suspects —two Chinese nationals, a Cambodian man and a Vietnamese woman who were caught with half a kilogram of crystal meth and later admitted to flushing a further 5 kg down the toilet—had already been dealt with by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

While the Chinese and Cambodian were jailed on trafficking charges on Tuesday, the section chief said, the Vietnamese woman was released when court officials determined that she was a sex worker, having only been in the company of the others because the Chinese man, who was additionally charged with manufacturing illegal drugs, had purchased her sexual services.

“The Vietnamese woman, we released her because she is just a prostitute and not involved with the drugs,” he said.

Court officials handling the case could not be reached on Friday

Mr. Chansovandara’s boss, bureau chief Ev Phearith, said earlier this week that he had sent the white substances found at the Sokha hotel to be tested by the National Authority for Combating Drugs. However, the authority’s secretary-general, Meas Vyrith, said on Friday he still had not received them. Mr. Phearith could not be reached.

 

 

 

 

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US Customs and Border Protection agents at a border crossing in Nogales, Arizona, seized 387 pounds of methamphetamine on February 5, the largest meth seizure in the crossing’s history.

A tractor-trailer hauling bell peppers that was attempting to cross at the Mariposa Commercial mexico%20arizona%20meth%20seizureFacility was stopped, and CBP agents pulled 400 packages of meth worth $1.1 million out of the trailer’s front wall and rear doors.

The driver, Juan Rodolfo Lugo-Urias, was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations agents.

But the location and size of the bust indicate that he may have been just one part of the operation.

While fragmentation among Mexican cartels in recent years has made it easier for upstart traffickers to enter the trade, 387 pounds is a lot of meth, and it’s more than likely that this was an operation run by an established cartel.

The location of Lugo’s capture raises the possibility of two organizations: the Sinaloa cartel and the Beltran-Leyva Organization. And it may be a signal that neither of those organizations has faded from the scene, despite recent setbacks.

The Sinaloa cartel

Despite Sinaloa cartel chief Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán’s recent encounters with the law, the Sinaloa cartel maintains an active presence in Mexico and the US and is heavily involved in smuggling a wide variety of drugs.

These DEA maps released last year show that the cartel controls the territory on both sides of the crossing at Nogales.

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The Nogales border crossing and the entirety of Arizona are suspected of being Sinaloa cartel areas of influence.

“The Sinaloa cartel maintains the most significant presence in the United States,” the DEA said in an intelligence report released last summer.

Guzmán’s Sinaloa organization, a multibillion-dollar operation, is “the dominant [transnational criminal organization] along the West Coast, through the Midwest, and into the Northeast,” the report added.

If Lugo was working for the Sinaloa cartel, then the product he was carrying would have slipped into the organization’s extensive trafficking network within the US.

As part of the dominant cartel operating in the US, Sinaloa operatives supply much of the country. In 2013, the DEA believed that the cartel supplied “80% of the heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and methamphetamine — with a street value of $3 billion — that floods the Chicago region each year.”cartel-drug-map-version-2

Based on the testimony of former Sinaloa operatives, this map shows the cartel’s distribution network as of the late 2000s.

And if Lugo was working for the Sinaloa cartel, it would not be the cartel’s first effort to hide drugs in a shipment of peppers.

Beltran-Leyva Organization

That Lugo was captured in Nogales, however, also suggests another possible backer.

The city was identified as an area of “significant or increasing presence” for the Beltran-Leyva Organization, or BLO, by the DEA’s 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment.

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Meth seizures were up all along the US border in 2014.

The BLO, formed by the Beltran-Leyva brothers, was originally a close partner of the Sinaloa cartel, but it broke with Guzmán’s organization in the late 2000s.

Since 2010 the BLO has been significantly weakened, with much of its top leadership — including the Beltran-Leyva brothers and their top enforcer, “La Barbie” — killed or captured.

Despite those losses and the cartel’s decline, it has maintained some alliances with Mexican cartels, and the DEA said that in 2014 the BLO was both active in the US and working with Colombian traffickers to move cocaine into the US.

‘Meth is the only way here to make some real money’

Regardless of who sent this specific shipment, agents on the US border have seen a surge in meth trafficking in recent years.

“In fiscal year 2014, the United States Border Patrol seized a record 3,771 pounds of meth at the Mexican border,” author Ioan Grillo wrote in January 2015.

That was “more than double the 1,838 pounds it seized in 2011.”

Meth is incredibly cheap to produce, with often readily available chemicals, like those found in flu medicine, cobbled together in makeshift labs.

“These guys get ingredients worth $65 and turn them into drugs worth $18,000 or more,” Mike Vigil, former head of international operations for the Drug Enforcement Administration, told Grillo.

All told, Americans spend $6 billion to $22 billion on meth every year.

With money like that to be made, the shipment seized in Nogales is unlikely to be the last.

“How the f— else are we going to get by?” a meth cooker named Bernardo told Grillo in Mexico. “I might get a job picking tomatoes now and again but meth is the only way here to make some real money.”

 

 

 

 

 

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EVERETT, Wash. – The owner of a number of “clean and sober” residential facilities in Snohomish County was arrested this week following an investigation that revealed he was dealing illegal drugs, federal law enforcement officials said Thursday.635908055515184150-TimothyRehberg

Timothy Rehberg, 50, of Everett was arrested Tuesday. A search of his main office at I.C. Clean People Recovery Housing in Everett turned up about a pound of crystal methamphetamine, a quarter-pound of heroin, small quantities of marijuana, oxycodone and methadone, said U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes.

A .38 caliber revolver also was found at the office, authorities said.

According to charging documents filed in Snohomish County, Rehberg came to the attention of law enforcement officials in December 2015, when a witness identified him as someone selling methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana.

Further investigation confirmed that Rehberg is the owner and operator of a chain of clean and sober housing facilities under the name of I.C. Clean People Recovery Housing.

A person working with authorities made four buys of illegal drugs from Rehberg, including methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana, Hayes said.

Federal officials also said Rehberg is prohibited from possessing firearms due to prior felony convictions as well as an active protection order from a domestic partner.

Federal charges are due to be filed Thursday.

The investigation was led by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Seattle police with assistance from other federal authorities.

 

 

 

 

 

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‘Clean and sober’ operator arrested for drug trafficking

EVERETT, Wash. – An Everett man who ran several “clean and sober” residential facilities appeared in federal court Thursday. 50-year-old Timothy Rehberg was arrested Tuesday for investigation of dealing illegal drugs.

Federal prosecutors say Rehberg came under suspicion in December when a witness identified him as selling methamphetamine, heroin, and marijuana.

A search of one of Rehberg’s facilities uncovered about a pound of crystal meth, a quarter pound of heroin, along with marijuana, oxycodone, and methodone. Investigators also allegedly found a .38 caliber revolver which Rehberg is not allowed to possess due to previous felony convictions.

Prosecutors say the witness worked with law enforcement and made four illegal drug purchases from Rehberg, who operates the “I.C. Clean People Recovery Houses.”

Residents at his “clean and sober” homes call it a betrayal.

“It makes me think what am I really doing? Is the program I’m contributing to drug dealing?” asked Mitch Neuharth.

Many of the residents were home at Serenity Manor, one of the homes Rehberg operated on the 2900 block of Everett Avenue, in Everett, when agents arrived with a search warrant Tuesday.

According to federal court documents, they found meth, heroin, marijiuana and oxycodone in a safe in the garage, which was known to be Rehberg’s office.

Court documents say he sold those drugs to an undercover informant.

“There were 18 lives at stake at this house. and he was responsible for trying to give them a way out of their poor environment,” said Scott Stehl, a former manager of one of the homes. “He wasn’t doing that. It was almost like a devilish act in a way.”

 

 

 

 

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Police discovered two active meth labs, and another in a “dormant state,” in a Lafayette motel room early Thursday.

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Just after midnight, Lafayette Police Department’s street crimes unit “conducted an investigation” at Devon Plaza in the 2300 block of North 26th Street, according to an LPD press release.

Syringes and spice also were found in the motel room, where officers arrested three men: Jason Rhode, 37, Christopher Kirtley, 32, and Justin Corbett, 34, the press release states.

Online court records indicate Rhode and Corbett live in Lafayette, while Kirtley lives in West Lafayette. They face preliminary charges of possession of a syringe, possession of spice, possession of methamphetamine and manufacturing methamphetamine.

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The incident remains under investigation, the press release states. Anyone with information should call LPD at 765-807-1200 or the WeTip Hotline at 1-800-782-7463.

 

 

 

 

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When Woodbury police caught up to Katherine Anne King, she had stalled her vehicle and was attempting to pull trees out of the ground in an attempt to move the car out of a heavily wooded ditch.

For felony drug charges, King, 37, of Elk River has a date in Washington County District Court on Feb. 18. She has been charged with fifth-degree possession of methamphetamine.

According to the complaint:

On Jan. 23, an officer was on routine patrol near the intersection of 10th Street and Interstate 694, where a red vehicle was stuck 50 yards into a ditch.

King was the sole occupant of the car.

She exhibited signs of controlled substance use, speaking very quickly and having a difficult time walking and balancing. Her pupils were dilated, but no odor of alcohol was smelled.

King asked the officer to retrieve her cellphone from the car, and as he acquiesced to her request, the officer noted glass pipes inside an open purse on the seat. He found an open cigarette pack with a broken glass pipe and white residue, and a baggie containing shards of what appeared to be methamphetamine. The drug field tested positive for meth.

 

 

 

 

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EDMONTON, Ky. (WBKO) – A criminal in Metcalfe County so desperate, he rams into a sheriff’s deputy. That didn’t end a pursuit that took eventually took three different agencies to stop though.

“He said let me pull over here in the driveway. I told him no, I need you to get out of the vehicle. Well then he starts to slowly drive off and takes off,” said Deputy Colby Romines

The Metcalfe County Sheriff’s Office said 40 year old Joey Searcy was at a home where renters had been evicted on Ralph Edwards Road. The Campbellsville man also had a warrant for arrest in Anderson County.Metcalfe+Crash+Thumb1

Police said Searcy made his way through the elementary school area in Edmonton before heading out of town.

Police say in front of the Five Star in Edmonton is where the sheriff’s deputy cruiser collided almost head on with the truck. The cruiser stuck at the scene of the accident, but the truck being chased by police continued on.

“He kind of came back into him and just took off the front end of our car. By doing that collision, the subject was on three tires and one rim,” said Sheriff Rondall Shirley.

From there Searcy made his way to the Cumberland Parkway where he looped around an on ramp back onto 68/80.

“As he comes off the off ramp of the parkway he spins into the median.”

Again, Searcy heads back into town dodging pedestrians and weaving through vehicles until he reaches the town square.

“He lost control there just beyond the justice center and spun into the woods where he hit a guardrail and a tree. That’s where he was apprehended. When this vehicle got stopped there was a meth lab in his lap,” added Shirley.

Police later found the meth lab wasn’t active but still, Searcy is facing meth charges, along with assault on a police officer. In all, Searcy is facing 13 charges in the Barren County Jail.

“He placed beau coups of people in danger. He placed my deputy in danger. If he had hit him a little more to the rear of the car it wouldn’t have been good.”

As for the deputy in the cruiser, he walked away with only a bruise or two. Police said Josh Neal was the deputy whose cruiser was totaled in the collision caught on camera. Neal refused to even make a hospital visit.

The sheriff’s department said they feel lucky no pedestrians were injured.

 

 

 

 

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A woman living in a Bettendorf commercial building has been arrested on methamphetamine-related charges.

Bettendorf police arrested Amber Mai Porter, 39, on Wednesday. She is charged with three counts of possession of meth-making materials, possession of a controlled substance, 56bd59ef476d8_imagepossession with the intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bettendorf Police Capt. Keith Kimball said that the Porter had been living in a vacant building at 560 29th St. It formerly was occupied by Steamatic of the Quad-Cities.

The Special Operations Unit of the Bettendorf Police Department had been conducting a drug investigation over the past few weeks and had obtained search warrants for the building as well as Porter’s vehicle, Kimball said.

When Porter drove into the parking lot of the building Wednesday the Special Operations Team was waiting for her, he said.

Kimball said that while there was no methamphetamine cooking operation occurring at the building, officers did seize meth-making ingredients from the building and Porter’s vehicle.

According to the arrest affidavits filed by Bettendorf Police officer Douglas Scott, officers seized a quantity of pseudoephedrine, lithium, ammonia nitrate, as well as filters, tubing and a vessel in which the drug could have been produced.

Officers also seized a small quantity of methamphetamine Porter had in her possession, according to the arrest affidavits.

Possession with the intent to deliver is a Class C felony under Iowa law that carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years. Possession of meth-making materials is a Class D felony that carries a prison sentence of up to five years.

Possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine is a serious misdemeanor that carries a jail sentence of up to one year, while possession of drug paraphernalia is a simple misdemeanor that carries a jail sentence of up to 30 days.

Porter was being held Thursday night in the Scott County Jail on $50,000 bond.

 

 

 

 

 

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A Town of Chenango woman was arrested Thursday after a two-month-long investigation into a methamphetamine operation, Broome County drug investigators said.

Ann B. Affholder, 50, was arrested after a raid on her home by the Broome County Special Investigations Unit Task Force. Detectives said she was in possession of finished meth and 635908131442137560-Ann-B_-Affholderitems used in its manufacture. She also was charged with four felony counts of selling meth that involved multiple buyers in different parts of Broome County, investigators said.

She also faces misdemeanor charges of drug manufacturing and possession, and use of drug paraphernalia.

Affholder was arraigned in Town of Chenango Court and is being held at the Broome County jail without bail.

 

 

 

 

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ROGERSVILLE — Two Hawkins County men accused of providing meth to three juveniles last year in Surgoinsville were indicted last week on meth charges and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Michael James Caldwell, 25, and Kyle Thomas Dishner, 21 were arrested on Aug. 22, 2015 in a vacant residence where Caldwell had allegedly been “squatting” and cooking meth for several weeks.Caldwell-AND-Dishner-2-10-16

On the evening of Aug. 22, the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office responded to a trespassing complaint at 282 Richards Road, a residence just outside the Surgoinsville city limits that has been unoccupied for several years.

Caldwell reportedly told police he was homeless and had been staying at the unoccupied residence for approximately five weeks without the consent of the owner.

A one pot meth lab was allegedly found lying outside the house.

Caldwell allegedly admitted to having knowledge of the lab and stated it was about 2-3 weeks old.

Dishner, 140 Beechwood Hills, Lot 19, Surgoinsville, was located inside the residence along with a 17-year-old male and two 14-year-old-year females.

Deputies also allegedly located and seized approximately one gram of meth packaged in six individual baggies and numerous empty gram-size baggies.

The investigation revealed that Dishner and the three juveniles had allegedly come to the residence to visit with Caldwell, and all three juveniles admitted to smoking and/or snorting meth with the adults.

One of the 14-year-old females was reportedly found to be in possession of meth during the investigation.

Caldwell and Dishner also allegedly admitted to having knowledge the three others at the residence were juveniles.

Dishner allegedly claimed ownership of the meth and admitted delivering it to the residence.

Caldwell was indicted by a Hawkins County grand jury on charges including manufacturing meth, criminal trespass, and three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Dishner was indicted for delivery of meth, possession of meth with intent to deliver, three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Caldwell and Dishner were arraigned on those charges in Hawkins County Criminal Court Friday.

Caldwell was arrested again on Nov. 17 while out on bail from his Aug 22 arrest after Church Hill police found him and a woman sleeping in the back seat of a car in a field where they had allegedly been cooking meth in a nearby wooded area.

Police reportedly also located seven “gasser bottles” and four one pot meth labs within a few yards of the vehicle.

Inside the vehicle, officers allegedly found a glass jar containing a clear liquid with a strong chemical smell believed to be ether as well as a small piece of rubber tubing, numerous syringes, spoons with residue and burn marks and four Phentermine tablets.

Arrested with Caldwell was Eiron Railee Mulkey, 21, 336 Byington Rd., Rogersville.

Mulkey gave a written statement admitting that the ether in the jar was left over from an earlier meth cook.

Caldwell and Mulkey were charged with manufacturing of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of Schedule IV narcotics and criminal trespassing.

Those charges were bound over in December, but have not yet been heard by a grand jury.

 

 

 

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Moving on from Methamphetamine

Posted: 12th February 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized

Eau Claire (WQOW) – Methamphetamine use is at an all-time high in Eau Claire, and local law enforcement say it isn’t always kept in the shadows or the streets, and often affects parents in the community.

Kaitlyn Riley has been digging deeper into the issue for over a month, and, in that time, was introduced to an area mother who is on the right track to ‘move from meth.’9866450_G

Sarah Ferber’s high in life is having her two boys by her side, after a history of using and selling drugs. “Meth was introduced to me around 19,” she said. “I would say early on, it was just kind of a once a month thing. It didn’t become a serious issue until years later.”

A series of drug charges put Ferber in and out of jail and through multiple attempts at treatment. “I continued to use. You know how crappy of a person you are being, and when you are taking substances, its making those feelings go away,” she explained. “It’s just not people going out and wanting to use drugs. There are other issues that are going on.”

Ferber was dealing with abusive relationships, emotional distress and family problems. “Meth was always king of my, I could do it, and usually I would go on benders for not just a couple of days, but for a couple of months,” she said. “I wanted to party for the weekend…and and it turned into a year and a half.”

Ferber hit rock bottom when she lost her job and became homeless. “This is where I am, like, maybe not quite fully accepting that I am an addict, but fully accepting that something serious needs to change in my life,” she explained. “And that is when AIM court was brought to my attention.”

Eau Claire County’s AIM Court, or Alternatives to Incarcerating Mothers, was designed to keep families together. It took Ferber two tries, but she has now been sober for 15 months, and says AIM is the reason. “Those classes make a big difference,” she said.

“I could potentially relapse at any point, and it could destroy my life,” recovering methamphetamine addict Jacqie Reetz admitted in AIM Court. “But right now, I have the resources to help me get back up and pick up my life again. I don’t want to be that kind of parent anymore.”

Ferber is now dedicated to reconnecting with her kids, and moving forward with their future.

“My kids are really good kids, and I’ve been blessed,” she said. “They love the crap out of me, and I’m very lucky because I love the crap out of them too.”

In Ferber’s second time of going through AIM, a grant gave options for additional classes to address behavioral and emotional problems. AIM Court said with grant money running out, they are looking at partnering agencies to find funding for the area’s growing population of mothers who need care.

Ferber is currently studying social work at UW-Eau Claire and loving life with her sons, both of which are healthy and haven’t had any second-hand effects from their mother’s drug use. Law enforcement say other children in the Chippewa Valley aren’t as lucky as Ferber’s sons.

“Meth specifically attacks your brain by affecting the dopamine in your brain,” Lieske Giese, with the Eau Claire City County Health Department, said. “Dopamine is what causes pleasure. When people have that rush…they want it again, and that overload is not only addictive, but also causes enormous health consequences.”

Poor oral health, skin conditions, insomnia, and heart and breathing issues are all physical concerns that come with meth use. All problems that meth-using parents can pass on to their children. “Parents who are methamphetamine users cannot take proper care of their children,” Matt Rokus, Eau Claire deputy police chief, said.

Neglect is not just an issue for meth-using parents. “The meth smoke is getting on everyday items that the child is going to have contact with,” Bridget Coit, a detective in the Sensitive Crimes Unit of the Eau Claire Police Department, said. “They don’t deserve to sleep in a pillow that is covered in meth residue, and they don’t deserve to have the toys that they are putting in their mouth covered in meth of other drugs that are going to affect their system and their upbringing.”

Don Henning, a detective with the Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Department, said children are also exposed to absorption, or skin-to-skin contact with the user. “If the parent is injecting it, the body does not break down the entire drug or consume the drug, so they secrete it through their sweat and through their skin pores. Infants or really small children that are held or carried a lot by parents, their tests show extremely high counts of methamphetamine in their system.”

Law enforcement said the problem will not be solved by tearing children away from family, but instead it starts with taking meth out of the equation.

“The rise on methamphetamine use in the Chippewa Valley is a trend that is not going away anytime soon,” Rokus explained. “But, it is a trend that we do not and refuse to accept.”

 

 

 

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LAKELAND, Fla. – His cane keeps him steadier on his feet.

His medication makes him thirsty.

“Excuse me,” he said taking a sip of water during an interview.

Rusty Soles of Lakeland celebrates his 75th birthday in May.

“Oh, I think it had everything to do with my age,” said Soles.FBI__Lakeland_Senior_conned_into_becomin_0_31761018_ver1_0_640_480

The septuagenarian survived 18 months in a New Zealand prison charged with trafficking more than $3 million in drugs.

“They took two years out of my life. I lost a lot but I came home from the Vietnam War feeling the same way and I put all that back together again,” he explained.

He can’t even pronounce what customs agents say they found in a suitcase he carried.

“Afetamines? Metaphetmaines? I can’t even, I don’t even know what it is? Metphetamines,” he said.

It all started when Soles flew to South Africa to meet a client who called himself Lawrence Green.

“I believed he was an investor. I believed he was somebody that would because he talked so much about investing in real estate and investing in businesses,” said Soles.

The man never showed up and instead sent Soles a suitcase to bring to Figi and meet him there.

“I went through any pockets, or any place inside or around it, through it and everything, convinced myself there was nothing in that suitcase, but clothes and there was nothing in the clothes so I put it all back together. I said, ‘I don’t have no problem,’” he said.

He did though.

When customs split the suitcase open finding a load of crystal meth.

Now the FBI believes he’s among dozens of elderly victims conned into becoming drug mules.

“It’s hard to distinguish what they’re really up to, but they are some of the cleverest people I’ve ever seen,” said Soles.

The Army Vietnam veteran was acquitted after 18 months in prison and two trials.

He left a free man in a wheelchair wanting to warn his generation your age may make you the next target.

“I growed up in a different era of time and to us drugs was an aspirin, you know, that was what we all thought about it. Course, I’ve gotten a tremendous education since,” said Soles.

 

 

 

 

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Hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine and kilograms of cocaine are off the streets of North Texas. The FBI worked to seize the drugs along with cash and firearms from an alleged drug trafficking organization.

Fifty people are being charged with federal drug distribution conspiracy charges, including 36 people taken into custody after a huge operation Wednesday by the FBI’s Fort Worth Violent Crime/Gang Task Force.

The charge is conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams of methamphetamine and/or 500 grams of cocaine.

The FBI is still looking for nine people who are still on the streets. The drug conspiracies date back to September 2013 and August 2014.

 

 

 

 

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Twenty-one young adults and teens were arrested for staging a drug-fueled sex party in Nong Plalai.

A force of 30 Chonburi police raided the party at the Peter Pan Resort in the sub-district’s Moo 4 village Feb. 4. The windows of three-bedroom bungalow were covered with black bags to prevent anyone seeing the happenings inside.n9Sex

What police found were 13 women and 8 men, ages 18-25, drunk or high, dancing or having sexual relations in dark corners. Thanaporn (surname unknown), was captured with 24 ecstasy tablets while Kirithi (surname unknown) was found with 2.2 grams of crystal methamphetamine and two bottles of ketamine. 18 of the 21 participants tested positive for methamphetamine use.

Organizer Weerapath Athasombat, 30, told police he was visiting Pattaya and bumped into a group of women he knew from a nightclub so they decided to throw a sex and drug party. They rented the bungalow for 7,000 baht.

Thanaporn and Kirithi were charged with possession of a Class 1 narcotic while the others were held on drug-use and other charges.

 

 

 

 

 

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A battle between the feared Zetas drug cartel and rivals at a prison left 49 people dead in the northeastern Mexican city of Monterrey, authorities said on Thursday, days ahead of a planned visit by Pope Francis to another jail in Mexico’s far north.

The incident was one of the worst in a series of deadly riots in recent years to rock the country’s overpopulated prisons, some of which are largely controlled by cartels.

People help a woman who fainted while standing with family members of inmates outside the Topo Chico prison in Monterrey, Mexico, February 11, 2016. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

Fighting broke out before midnight in two areas of the Topo Chico prison between supporters of a gang leader known as “Zeta 27” and another group, with prisoners using bottles and blades, Nuevo Leon state Governor Jaime Rodriguez said.

“Topo Chico is a … very old prison. A prison with very difficult security conditions,” said Rodriguez, who described the state’s prison system as a “time bomb” that needed to be defused. Rodriguez himself survived two assassination attempts while opposing drug cartels as mayor of a suburb of Monterrey, Mexico’s third most populous metropolitan area and home to many of the country’s largest corporations.

A 2014 human rights report faulted Topo Chico for not preventing violent incidents. The prison has long housed members of the Zetas, known for extreme violence. One Zetas leader was stabbed to death there in September.

Authorities revised down their initial death toll from 52, out of a total of about 3,500 prisoners.

One victim died from gunfire, while the rest were killed from a combination of knives and other objects like bottles and chairs. Flames licked the night sky after inmates set light to food storage areas.

Milenio TV reported that inmates’ relatives who had been within the prison’s premises for conjugal visits had seen inmates with burns. Twelve people were injured, five seriously, the state government said.

Speaking to local radio, Rodriguez acknowledged the public perception that the Zetas dominated the facility and said the prison system was one of his principal concerns.

“The problem is they have people like my brother living with narcos,” said an angry relative of an inmate doing time for robbery, waiting for names of the victims at the prison gates.

Rodriguez said 40 victims had been identified so far. The names of Zeta 27 and a rival known as El Credo were not among a list of 20 names released by state government.

Rodriguez said the fighting had been brought under control at about 1:30 a.m. (0730 GMT) on Thursday and ruled out a prison break, adding no women or children were hurt. Worried family members at one point forced open the prison gates and threw timber and stones at riot police inside, television images showed.

Authorities are transferring inmates out of the prison to bring down the population, with 60 people set to be moved on Thursday.

Pope Francis is set to begin his first visit to Mexico as pontiff on Friday. Next week, he will visit a prison in border city Ciudad Juarez, once one of the world’s most violent cities.

Both Monterrey and Ciudad Juarez are more peaceful than at the peak of the war between rival cartels for control of routes to nearby Texas.

For much of the last decade, the Zetas spread terror across Mexico before being debilitated by arrests and deaths of their founding members.

Juan Pedro Saldivar Farias, or Zeta 27, has been mentioned in local media as a suspect in the 2010 murder of U.S. citizen David Hartley.

Thursday’s riot was a blow to Nuevo Leon, where many were uplifted when Rodriguez, a blunt, outspoken rancher with a penchant for cowboy hats known as “El Bronco,” or “the gruff one,” defeated President Enrique Pena Nieto´s ruling party last year, becoming Mexico’s first independent candidate to win a governorship.

In 2012, at least 44 inmates died in another Nuevo Leon prison when members of the Zetas plotted with prison guards to stage an elaborate escape.

 

(Additional reporting by Lizbeth Diaz, Alexandra Alper, Cyntia Barrera, Christine Murray and Anna Yukhananov; Editing by Simon Gardner, Frank Jack Daniel, W Simon and Andrew Hay)

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-prison-idUSKCN0VK15L

 

Military police in Preah Siha­nouk province arrested a man on Tuesday for allegedly raping a 6-year-old neighbor while her parents were away.

Tram Tav, 24, a fisherman living in Sihanoukville’s Buon commune within sight of the girl’s home, was arrested just hours after the victim’s parents filed a complaint with police, according to Var Chanthorn, chief of the pro­vincial military police’s security and penal bureau.

“We arrested him at about 9 a.m. yesterday at his house and he is accused of raping a 6-year-old girl,” Mr. Chanthorn said yesterday.

Keo Sophal, the deputy provincial military police commander, said the girl’s parents left their daughter home alone on Monday when they went to work.

“When the victim’s parents left the house to sell fish, they left their daughter alone at home. That’s when the suspect had a good opportunity to go to the victim’s house,” he said.

Mr. Sophal said the young man entered the house at about 3 p.m. and found the girl asleep.

“When the parents came back home in the evening they saw their daughter looking strange and saw blood on her clothes, so they took her to the hospital,” at which point the girl told her mother what had happened, he said.

“We have enough evidence, and the suspect already confessed to raping the girl,” Mr. Sophal said, adding that Mr. Tav would be sent to the provincial court today to be charged with raping a minor, and would also be charged with drug use.

“We did a urine test and we found methamphetamine in his body; he told us he has been us­ing drugs for two or three years,” the deputy commander said, add­ing that police were now searching for other drug users with whom the suspect may have connections.

“We are investigating the people he is involved with and will use what we learn from him to arrest the drug ring leaders. If there is drug use, there is drug trafficking.”

 

 

 

 

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OGDEN, Utah — A pair fleeing from police in Ogden were involved in a three-vehicle accident Wednesday, and both suspects will be booked into jail after getting treatment at a hospital.i0[p;80g0ptg7pt

According to a press release from the Ogden Police Department, things began around 7 p.m. when police stopped Todd Nelson and his passenger McKael Smout in the 500 West block of 24th Street.

Nelson is an adult probation and parole fugitive and Smout had a no-bail warrant out for her arrest. As police approached the vehicle, Nelson fled at a high rate of speed.

Officers got back in their vehicle and followed, and they came upon a three-car accident at 24th Street and I-15. When police arrived, they saw Smout running from the crash scene. Some witnesses directed officers to Nelson, who had tried to hide.

The driver of a white Chevy Lumina was taken to a hospital with minor injuries while the driver of a Chevy truck was treated at the scene for minor injuries and released.

Nelson and Stout complained of injury and were being treated at a local hospital while in police custody. Ogden police stated Nelson will be booked into the Weber County Jail for evading arrest, leaving the scene of an accident and for DUI-methamphetamine as well as for his prior fugitive status.

Smout will be booked for the outstanding warrant and for possession of methamphetamine.

 

 

 

 

http://fox13now.com/2016/02/10/pair-injured-in-3-car-crash-had-fled-from-ogden-police-driver-allegedly-high-on-meth/

 

A Gainesville woman charged with drug trafficking remained in the Barrow County Detention Center on Tuesday.

Jessica Deon Allen was the driver stopped Feb. 5 after a traffic violation by a Braselton Police officer who recognized her and knew she was driving without a license.Jessica_Allen

The woman, who has several aliases and attempted to give the officer an incorrect name, was arrested after a bag containing 141 grams of methamphetamine and other drugs and paraphernalia were found. Video of the traffic stop shows a bag being tossed from the car.

Charges of trafficking methamphetamine, possession of meth with intent to distribute, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, possession of drug-related objects, giving false information, driving with license suspended, canceled registration, open container and removing or affixing license plate to conceal or misrepresent were filed.

A search of the vehicle netted also netted three digital scales and nearly $2,500 in cash in addition to numerous car titles.

 

 

 

 

http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/m/section/6/article/115049/

 

BIXBY — Zorro has had a rough go of it, but thanks to efforts by employees at Horizon Animal Hospital in Bixby, he just might make it.

Bixby police dropped off the 6-month-old puppy at the animal hospital late Monday after they found him in a ditch. He had burns to half his body, including his eyes and tongue, appeared to have mange and had an odd, purple tint on what fur he still had.meth puppy

Clinic staff diagnosed the mange right away. But further examination revealed that Zorro was suffering from much more than that, said Joleen Hansen, president of rescue group Horizon Animal Heroes.

“We aren’t really familiar with meth dogs, but we looked it up and got some opinions from people who are in the know more than I am, but that’s what it is,” she said.

Clinic staff think the dog might have been in a room where methamphetamine was being manufactured and suffered significant chemical burns as a result.

A swab sample from the dog was taken to be tested at the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation laboratory to determine the cause of the burns.

It’s also possible the dog was exposed to some sort of pesticide or herbicide. Police picked up the dog a few blocks from an agricultural area, Detective Sgt. Andy Choate said. Chemicals that are sprayed on fields often have a color additive, which could explain the purple hue, he said.

Choate said that in his experience, he has not come across purple methamphetamine.

“I’ve not found any yet. The only time I’ve seen them turn purple is when they’ve had too much and they’re no longer with us,” Choate said of people who have used the drug.

If anyone was making meth in the area, the police would like to know about it, Choate said.

Officers also want to find anyone who might be responsible for the dog’s dire condition, he added.

Zorro may be in store for a long road to recovery. He’s been constantly crying, whimpering and biting into the air, and his system needs to detoxify, Hansen said.

By Wednesday afternoon, Zorro finally had dozed off and gotten some rest for the first time since he was brought to the hospital, his caregivers said.

At last check, Zorro’s temperature was 92 degrees. A normal temperature for a dog is between 99 and 102 degrees, Hansen said.

Veterinarians could not administer a sedative or IV fluids for fear of the body temperature dropping lower.

Zorro underwent a blood transfusion Tuesday. He’ll require two more bags of plasma, Hansen said.

A companion blood bank has made a donation for Zorro, but he still needs lots of help.

“It just depends on if we can keep his little body fighting to get over the hallucinations and all of that,” Hansen said.

A YouCaring page has been set up to raise funds for getting Zorro back on his feet. It can be found by searching for “Zorro — Horizon Animal Heroes” on youcaring.com.

Anyone with information about what happened to the dog can call the Bixby Police Department at 918-366-8294 or submit a tip at bixbypolice.org.

 

 

 

 

 

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A 44-year-old Eugene woman was arrested early Wednesday morning on suspicion of possessing and delivering methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of an elementary school.

Jonna Michelle Allenbrand was taken into custody after Eugene police searched her residence in the 100 block of McClure Lane, near River Road/El Camino Del Rio Elementary School in west Eugene.

Allenbrand faces charges of unlawful possession and delivery of methamphetamine, and unlawful possession of heroin.

Allenbrand also was arrested on a warrant for the same charges relating to a previous search of the same residence in October by the Lane County Interagency Narcotics Team.

 

 

 

 

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NEW CASTLE, Ind. — A tip led Indiana State Police to arrest two people for alleged methamphetamine — a 24-year-old man and his pregnant girlfriend.

Jonathan Murphy and Hannah Heinrich, also 24, are being held in the Henry County Jail on suspicion of possession of meth, neglect of a dependent and other drug charges, werGWWaccording to an ISP release.

The ISP Meth Suppression Team was assisted by New Castle police and the Department of Child Services when they visited the home in the 100 block of North 24th Street in New Castle.

Police said Heinrich is five months pregnant and child services removed two children under age 10 from the home.

You can provide ISP with tips on illegal drug activity by calling 1-800-453-4756, or visit the Meth Suppression Section website.

 

 

 

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NEW CASTLE, Ind. (Feb. 10, 2016) – Indiana State Police arrested a pregnant woman and her boyfriend in a meth case.

Police received a tip about possible drug activity at their New Castle home and found drugs inside the residence in the 100 block of N. 24th Street Tuesday afternoon.

Troopers made contact with Hannah Heinrich, 24, who is five months pregnant. She was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine, neglect of a dependent, possession of paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. Troopers arrested her boyfriend, Jonathan Murphy, 24, on the same charges. Murphy also faces an additional charge of driving while suspended.

The Department of Child Services removed two children under the age of 10 from the home, police said. Heinrich and Murphy were taken to the Henry County Jail.

 

 

 

 

http://fox59.com/2016/02/10/children-removed-from-new-castle-home-after-pregnant-mother-boyfriend-arrested-in-meth-case/

 

 

EAGLE PASS, Texas – The Department of Homeland Security says an Eagle Pass woman was taken into custody after officers found more than $104,000 worth of methamphetamines inside a car she was driving.de643679-9ec9-463e-9a38-1deb5fc5e371-large16x9_5_22methamphetamine

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry were using an imaging system and canine to inspect a 2000 Chevy Malibu coming in from Mexico at around 10 a.m. on February 5th, when they found two packages of methamphetamine hidden inside the passenger doors of the vehicle. The packages weighed a total of 5.22 pounds.

“CBP officers utilize their expertise, technology, tools, and canine support every day to identify and stop contraband at our borders,” said Port Director John L. Brandt, Eagle Pass Port of Entry.

The 23-year-old woman driving the car was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigations.

 

 

 

 

http://news4sanantonio.com/news/local/23-year-old-woman-in-custody-after-border-officers-find-104000-worth-of-meth-in-car

 

ALMA, Ga. (WJCL) — Alma Police Department charged Millicent ‘Millie’ Newson, 41, of Alma with trafficking methamphetamine, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, two counts of possession of a controlled substance (two – separate strengths of pain killers), and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.9851611_G

Robin Bizzell, 37, of Alma has been charged with possession of marijuana over one ounce; the other two persons originally arrested have been released.9851659_G

These arrests follow a brief investigation in which APD seized over 6 pounds of methamphetamine, over 1 pound of marijuana, pain pills, a handgun, and over $16,000.00 cash.

 

 

 

 

http://www.wjcl.com/news/local-news/two-alma-residents-arrested-for-6-pounds-of-methamphetamine/141226483/story

 

Drug treatment centers and investigators say they’re starting to see a strange and alarming new trend.

Heroin users are suddenly switching to methamphetamine.Meth+TWO

There’s been a huge spike in meth use in the last year in Brown County, but investigators say this sudden shift between such different drugs is something they’ve never seen or expected.

We looked into what’s driving the change and the concern it’s causing for the community.

Methamphetamine and heroin may look similar at times, both a light-colored powder. In reality, they are anything but similar.

Meth is a stimulant. Investigators say users sometimes stay awake for days, even weeks at a time.

Their teeth rot and skin becomes blotchy.

Heroin, on the other hand, instantly making users calm and sleepy.

Too much at once, and the user can overdose and die.

With such opposite effects, investigators are baffled over this latest move by drug addicts.

“What they’re telling us is they are looking to meth instead of heroin. They’re less likely that they’re going to die from it,” explains Brown County Drug Task Force Lt. Dave Poteat.

Drug treatment counselors at Libertas Treatment Centers in Green Bay say they are now seeing addicts using meth, heroin, even cocaine at the same time.

“A lot of times what you’ll see is people will use a particular drug for a period of time and then their drug of choice may change, but they will still, at times, abuse those other chemicals,” says Tom Ritchie, AODA manager at Libertas.

While meth isn’t the instant death heroin can be, investigators say it’s equally as dangerous long-term.

They point to concerns like people driving after not sleeping for days.

“We’re seeing a lot of injections from meth lately, which is also a concern. Anytime you’re injecting a drug, its effects are going to be steeper as far as your rise to the high,” says Poteat.

Why the shift?

Investigators say with their crackdown on heroin, meth is cheaper and more available, at least for now.

Addicts tell them switching also sometimes masks some of the nasty withdrawal symptoms from coming off heroin.

“We’re even seeing some dealers switching to meth from heroin because, let’s face it, their customers are less likely to die from using meth than from heroin, and so they’re less likely to get a homicide charge,” adds Poteat.

Counselors want users and their families to shift toward treatment, knowing it can work.

“They’re not alone in their suffering and that even though they may feel alone or isolated, these are things that other families, other individuals have gone through and have been able to recover,” says Ritchie.

 

 

 

 

http://wbay.com/2016/02/10/heroin-users-switching-to-meth-in-unexpected-dangerous-new-trend/

 

Methamphetamine, growing drug in Rapid City

Posted: 11th February 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized

In 2015, drug arrests reached an all-time high in Rapid City, where 1,349 people were arrested for drugs, up from 676 in 2009, leaving law enforcement officials to believe there is a correlation between drug use and violent crimes.Meth+TWO

Now, there’s a rising drug in Rapid City, methamphetamine.

Sgt. Harrison says, “Years ago, when I started nearly 20 years ago, if we found methamphetamine, the whole shift would come by and take a look at it, because you just didn’t see it. Today, we’re having 2,3,4 meth arrests a day by the guys and gals working in the uniforms on the streets, so it is prevalent and it is more popular.”

Methamphetamine is a synthetic drug made up of chemicals which effects the central nervous system.

Sgt. Tony Harrison with the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office and Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team says meth is a very addictive drug which in turn leads to poor decisions.

Sgt. Harrison says, “Methamphetamine specifically, the high is good, people like being high, which is why drugs work and so the danger is they’ll do whatever it takes to get the drug or to get the money to pay for the drug, which is why we have so many crimes that are tied to thefts and white collar crime and check fraud and credit card fraud and burglaries and robberies, is because the money gets the meth.”

And unfortunately, it’s a drug that’s easy to get.

Sgt. Harrison says, “We have undercover officers who can buy meth on a fairly regular basis and so if we can buy it, anybody can buy it.”

And although it used to be known as the “poor person’s drug” that just isn’t the case anymore.

Sgt. Harrison says, “We do see methamphetamine at every pay grade, we have seen doctors, lawyers, people who have jobs, very good jobs, involved in methamphetamine and we’ve seen people who have next to nothing involved in methamphetamine, so it does stretch across the gamut.”

 

 

 

 

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