Comments Off on Children continue to be the real victims of Methamphetamine in Nevada, everywhere

Jason Mosher
Sheriff’s Journal

We recently served another search warrant at a home looking for drugs, and like many other times, we found there were children living in the home. This was one of the worst homes I had been inside because of the condition in which the occupants were living. When someone brings drugs into a home, they slowly become indifferent to their lifestyle, and the one that suffers the most is the child.

In this particular home there were dugs, meth pipes, marijuana pipes, and bongs all over the house. We found children’s toys in the same places as the drugs and even found candy in a children’s container next to a meth pipe. There was so much trash and other items in the living room that you could not sit on the furniture, and one room was even packed so full of clothes that you could not walk into the room.

The kitchen was covered in dirty dishes with mold growing in them, and there were so many dead and live roaches on the floor, you could not walk around in the kitchen without hearing crunching sounds. The kids were playing on a bedroom floor when we found them and there in were dirty clothes, trash, and a broken glass meth pipe within feet of where we found them.

They say a parent can provide a child with the best education possible, but no matter how much training and teaching you give, they will do what they see, not what they are taught. We attempt to educate children about the dangers of drugs in our schools and throughout other community activities, but we can never replace the influence a parent has on their child. If you say “drugs are bad” and then smoke a meth pipe in front of a kid, they will grow up thinking it must be OK because dad did it. If you are too high to wash your dishes and clean your house, your kids will grow up thinking that is a “normal” way of living.

We have a lot of people in our community who have drug addiction problems and they need our help. But I am growing more and more concerned that while we are trying to save the parent, we are losing the child. Children are very resilient and can rebound from just about anything, but they have to have a positive influence in their life.

Being away from your child is very hard, but if you cannot give up drugs you will not be a positive influence and you will do more harm to a child than good. We arrested a mother once and had to drag her away while she was screaming at her kids, “Do you see what the cops are doing to mommy?” The kids were crying and no matter how hard we tried to show the kids we were not the bad guys, it was easy to see there was already fear and hatred for us in their eyes. They were not growing up thinking the drugs in their mom’s life were bad, they were being taught the cops were.

If you know of someone who is ruining their life with drugs, you are not protecting them by not reporting them, you are hurting their children. Do the right thing and help us protect the real victims of drugs.

 

 

 

 

http://www.nevadadailymail.com/story/2318698.html

 

Comments Off on ‘My night with a Meth dealer’: Documentary explores Brisbane’s Methamphetamine abusing-elite

A documentary crew has spent a night with a Brisbane meth dealer, following the seedy life of a man who claims to make $2000 a night.

Documentary maker Hayden McKee, 22, spent three months getting to know the dealer.

He claimed it wasn’t the seediness of the drug world which surprised him, but the extravagant homes of Brisbane’s drug-abusing elite.

Darryl* spends his nights doing methamphetamine drop offs to his clients, in the footage he smokes a glass pipe full of the drug before hitting the road.

“I guess the risk is fun – cruising around and dropping the s*** off,” Darryl said, when quizzed about his deliveries.

“Transporting meth is a bit risky but I think it’s less risk than having potential crack heads coming and robbing you during the night.”

Meth is a Class A substance with a popularity that is rapidly spreading across Australia.

But even Darryl was quick to admit the drug was incredibly toxic.

Side effects include brain bleeding, kidney failure, circulatory collapse and even psychosis.

Despite this he didn’t see his “job” as the problem.

“If we’re not selling it someone else is going to be selling it,” he said

“The people we sell to aren’t junkies. They all hold down jobs and are productive members of society.

“I don’t see much of an issue.

“If I get caught, it’s my own fault… high return for high risk,” he said.

He said he earned up to $500 for a gram of the drug, and he had a low tolerance for debts.

“I got suckered in and got a big sob story from a woman,” he said.Screen_Shot_2016-07-02_at_6_46_13_AM

“I gave her something and she disappeared and changed her phone number. We tracked her down and pretty much kidnapped her.

“Me and my partner drove her around for four hours in the bush. We scared the s*** out of her and took her home. It was fun. And I think she learned her lesson.”

McKee explained Darryl was more than willing to tell his story.

“I don’t think they were ever concerned about me being an undercover cop or anything,” he told Daily Mail.

“They were actually really excited about the project. They thought it was going to make them millionaires.”

McKee was anxious about driving around with a guy who had just smoked meth for the sake of his work.

“I was thinking what might happen if the guy was caught by the cops. Would they think I was a meth dealer as well,” he said.

He said his brief time in the meth underworld had been “shocking” and that his perception had changed in a negative way.

“How can another human being sell this to someone else? The whole time he was filming he was trying to justify his actions.”

 

*Darryl’s name is a pseudonym.

 

 

 

 

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/31968058/my-night-with-a-meth-dealer-documentary-explores-brisbanes-drug-abusing-elite/#page1

 

Comments Off on UN says Southeast Asia among world’s largest Methamphetamine markets

East and Southeast Asia and North America together have annually accounted for the largest methamphetamine seizures globally since 2009, a recent UN report reveals.

“Indonesia is a source, transit and destination country in the trafficking of meth,” the UN Office on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) Indonesia country 2016_07_03_7502_1467516333manager, Collie F. Brown, said on Friday during a media briefing on the 2016 World Drug Report.

Brown said there was evidence that crystal meth had been produced in Indonesia. Although it was easy, he said, setting up a meth lab was dangerous because the chemicals used in its production were very unstable and highly explosive.

While the US has consistently reported the largest amount of meth being seized each year, the numbers in East and Southeast Asia almost quadrupled between 2009 and 2014, the report said. In 2014, crystalline methamphetamine was the primary drug of concern in Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, the Philippines, Japan and the Republic of Korea.

Globally, seizures of amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS), which meth falls under, have risen more than seven-fold from 1998 until 2014.

Brown credited Indonesia’s efforts in implementing the UNODC’s international guidelines for the prevention of drugs. He encouraged UNODC member countries, including Indonesia, to constantly review the effectiveness of the program to evaluate what worked and what did not in their respective countries.

In the briefing, Brown emphasized the importance of implementing drug response strategies and policies that were comprehensive and balanced. UNODC would continue to work in partnership with the Southeast Asian country to address drug issues, he said. “Indonesia has the capacity here; it’s the support that they need,” said Brown.

The report was published on June 23 following a UN General Assembly special session on the world drug problem (UNGASS) in April. This was declared a landmark moment in global drug policy and resulted in a series of operational recommendations.

 

 

 

 

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/07/03/un-says-southeast-asia-among-worlds-largest-meth-markets.html

 

Comments Off on Richard Milton Franks, 43, of Muncie, smoked Methamphetamine before killing mother, 73-year-old Bonnie Lou Franks

MUNCIE — Investigators say Richard Milton Franks ingested methamphetamine in the hours before he fatally shot his mother in their southside home.

The 42-year-old Muncie man was formally arrested late Thursday afternoon, 636029735915209994-Richard-Franksmore than 13 hours after he had reported his mother’s slaying in a 4:28 a.m. call to 911 dispatchers.

In that call, Franks claimed his girlfriend had fired the shotgun blast that killed 73-year-old Bonnie Lou Franks.

While later being interrogated by Delaware County sheriff’s investigators, however, Franks admitted he had fired the fatal shot while arguing with his mother.

According to an affidavit, Franks said after his mother had threatened to call a family member about his conduct, “he retrieved the shotgun from his bedroom and loaded a shell.”

“He then admitted to threatening his mother with the shotgun,” the document said. “He stated that when she continued to threaten to call someone, he then shot her.”

When deputies entered her house in the 3600 block of West Fleetwood Drive the victim’s body was found face-down on the living room floor. She had been shot once, in the head, and had a cellphone in one of her hands, according to the report.

In his call to 911, a seemingly frantic Franks said he had “a big struggle” with his girlfriend, who he claimed had been armed with a shotgun.

“I charged at her,” he said. “She pulled the trigger before I could get to her, and my mom’s dead!”

“Call the squad,” Franks told a dispatcher. “Get down here as quickly as possible. … Please. God bless you.”

Franks hung up when the dispatcher asked for his name, and he had left the house before authorities arrived a few minutes later.

The Muncie man was arrested about an hour after his 911 call, in a traffic stop on Chadam Lane near Bethel Avenue. At that point, he told an officer a “hooker” had killed his mother.

A 47-year-old local woman, found walking along Hoyt Avenue soon after Franks’ 911 call, was taken in for questioning, and acknowledged she earlier had been at the Fleetwood Drive home.636028705741599308-scene1

She said she had known Franks for less than two weeks, and about 10 p.m. Wednesday had smoked meth with him in his family’s garage.

Later in the night, she said, Franks “started becoming angry,” prompting her to leave the house.

She also said Bonnie Franks “began apologizing for (her son’s) behavior.”

Richard Franks would later admit he had “gotten angry” with both his guest and his mother, and that the woman had left the house before the shooting, an investigator wrote.

The woman was released after questioning and has not been charged.

Franks, preliminarily charged with murder, was being held without bond Friday in the Delaware County jail.

An autopsy was conducted on his mother’s remains Thursday at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, Delaware County Coroner Scott Hahn said.

 

 

 

 

http://www.thestarpress.com/story/news/crime/2016/07/01/report-muncie-man-smoked-meth-before-killing-mother/86591682/

 

Comments Off on Sheila Karen Sudbeck, aka Eacret, 55, caught with Methamphetamine in her vagina while being booked into the Humboldt County jail

EUREKA – An inmate at the county jail was found allegedly trying to sneak drugs into the facility thanks in part to a new body scanner.

On Friday, July 1 at about 6 a.m. 55-year-old Sheila Karen Sudbeck, aka Eacret, was being booked into the jail when a baggie fell out of what the Sheriff’s Office described as her “intimate clothing.”201603347-Sudbeck-230x288

Sudbeck then submitted to a full body x-ray scan, using the jail’s new SOTER RS Through Body Scanner. The scan revealed what appeared to be contraband hidden in an unnamed body cavity.

Sudbeck was directed to retrieve the contraband, which was turned over to a correctional deputy, who tested and weighed the substance, which turned out to be 4.6 grams of methamphetamine.

Sudbeck, who was already being booked for a controlled substance warrant, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance in jail. She’s not eligible for bail.

The body scanner was purchased earlier this year to assist jail staff in identifying people attempting to smuggle contraband into the jail. Arrestees often swallow balloons filled with narcotics so they can retrieve them later. The balloon pose a medical threat to the inmates because they can break.

 

 

 

http://madriverunion.com/caught-with-meth-hidden-in-body-cavity/

 

Comments Off on Jose Miramon Moreno, of Phoenix, admitted to being on Methamphetamine when he used a propane torch to light fires in his own home.

PHOENIX – A Phoenix man admitted to using meth and using a propane torch to set several fires in and around his south Phoenix home, according to court paperwork.

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Neighbors called in the fires early Thursday morning after seeing them near the 24th Street and Broadway property.

Police say Moreno refused to come out of his home when officers showed up to ask him about the fires.

Moreno faces arson charges.

 

 

 

 

http://www.12news.com/news/local/valley/phoenix-man-high-on-meth-set-own-house-on-fire/261626998

 

Comments Off on Jackson-Madison County Metro Narcotics Agent: Methamphetamine lab explodes in hand of Brandon Taylor, 29

A Madison County man was arraigned Thursday in General Sessions Court after narcotics investigators reportedly found materials needed to make methamphetamine in and around his home.

Investigators with Jackson-Madison County Metro Narcotics spoke with Jeffrey636029814013846358-jeffrey-taylor Brandon Taylor, 29, after an alleged meth lab exploded, court documents said.

According to court documents, a meth lab malfunctioned in Taylor’s hand, causing fresh burns investigators noticed when they spoke to him Wednesday. Taylor denied the burns were the result of an exploding meth lab.

Investigators searched Taylor’s Ranger Road home with his consent, according to court documents.

During the search, investigators found multiple items typically associated with production of methamphetamine, court documents said.

According to court documents, Taylor later told investigators he had cooked meth at the home two days earlier. He is being held on $25,000 bond at the Madison County Criminal Justice Complex.

 

 

 

 

http://www.jacksonsun.com/story/news/crime/2016/07/01/police-meth-lab-explodes-mans-hand/86608752/

 

Comments Off on 15 women and men from Austin arrested in Methamphetamine investigation

AUSTIN – After an eight-month investigation, 15 Austin gang members were arrested Friday for allegedly distributing methamphetamine in the area.
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With a focus on Texas Syndicate and Tango Blast, the investigation by the Texas Department of Public Safety launched in October of last year. As the warrants were served, officers seized $1,200 in currency, one and a half pounds of meth and three weapons.

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A warrant for one of the suspects said multiple calls were intercepted by law enforcement regarding the possession and selling of methamphetamine. The Texas Department of Public Safety also said it conducted multiple purchases of meth from one of the suspects.

The following people were charged with criminal conspiracy, engaging in organized criminal activity and the manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance:

  • Frank Dones, 37
  • Juan Esparza Colis, 21
  • Lucy Elias, 36
  • Carlos Nerio, 39
  • Harrell Mitchell, 35
  • Miguel Martinez, 23
  • Octavio Villarruel 28
  • Patrick Lilly, 37
  • Nicole Shirley, 28
  • Roxanne Barker, 37
  • Vincent Gonzales, 32,
  • Kinnet Carter, 58
  • Michael Nagel, 37
  • Gerardo Zavala, 20
  • Fernando Davila, 32

They have all been booked in the Travis County Jail.

 

 

 

http://www.kvue.com/news/local/15-austinites-arrested-in-meth-investigation/261636046

 

Comments Off on Pop bottle Methamphetamine lab found at Comstock Park in Adrian

ADRIAN — Officers from the Region of Irish Hills Narcotics Office responding to a tip today, July 1, found a two-liter soft drink bottle at Comstock Park in Adrian containing remnants of methamphetamine.e0t8q3t8q39tr

The bottle found at the park, located between West Maumee and West Church streets in Adrian, was properly disposed of by investigators. Officers searched the park for other methamphetamine-related items but found nothing.

The discovery today is the latest in several instances in which “one-pot” meth labs have been found in Lenawee County. Another soda bottle containing meth-creating ingredients was found at Trestle Park. Since April, two bottles with meth residue detonated in bottle return machines at Country Market stores in Adrian and Brooklyn.getg=8iq][t

Soft drink bottles are often used to create portable, meth-creating labs, which are then disposed of. RIHNO reminds the public to not touch any bottles with unknown substances inside. Unknown methamphetamine substances can resemble kitty litter or salt and some bottles may appear to have a white paste with silver metal inside.

Methamphetamine-related items are highly flammable and lethal. Officials say the fumes alone can render an person unconscious or cause immediate death.

Anyone who discovers a suspected “one-pot” bottle is asked to call local law enforcement immediately.

 

 

 

http://www.lenconnect.com/news/20160701/pop-bottle-meth-lab-found-in-adrian-park

 

 

Comments Off on Tulare County Sheriff’s Deputies seize 30 pounds of Methamphetamine; arrest Alfonzo Rios Ayon, 42, Ezekiel Perez Martinez, 31, Daniel Rios, 32, and Marcos Arjoana Hernandez, 30

Four persons were arrested Wednesday after law enforcement officers found 30 pounds of suspected methamphetamine at a home on Avenue 80 in Pixley.

According to the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, Alfonzo Rios Ayon, 42; Ezekiel Perez Martinez, 31; Daniel Rios, 32; and Marcos Arjoana Hernandez, 30, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and other charges.

Detectives from the Sheriff’s Department’s S.T.E.P. unit and officers from four other agencies served the search warrant at the home at 11:45 a.m.

Three firearms, including one stolen from the Porterville area, and 1,243 marijuana plants were also found, a Sheriff’s Department press release said.

 

 

 

 

http://www.recorderonline.com/news/deputies-seize-pounds-of-methamphetamine/article_e6cf17ae-3f3e-11e6-ac4e-07fbd51b49a2.html?mode=story

 

Comments Off on Shaun Glaze, 36, and David Hunt, 36, arrested after 307 grams of liquid Methamphetamine, stolen property seized in Odessa

ODESSA, TX (KWES) – The Texas Department of Public Safety announced the arrest of two people in Odessa and the seizure of stolen property and drugs totally up to nearly $120,000.

The DPS executed a search warrant back on Wednesday at 11 Mesa Circle.

Shaun Glaze, 36, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute a substance containing methamphetamine and felon in possession of a firearm.

David Hunt, 36, was arrested and charged with theft of more than $2,500 and less than $30,000.

Authorities say the Criminal Investigation Division Special Agents seized about 307 grams of a liquid containing methamphetamine worth about $58,940, a firearm, motor vehicles and electronics.

The stolen property confiscated by DPS was worth about $60,000.

DPS Aircraft, Midland police and Odessa Police Department SWAT all helped in the operation.

 

 

 

 

http://www.newswest9.com/story/32359862/two-arrested-after-307-grams-of-liquid-methamphetamine-stolen-property-seized-in-odessa

 

Comments Off on Pharmacies in northern Maine halt sales of certain decongestants to thwart Methamphetamine labs

LINCOLN, Maine — Nearly a dozen northern Maine Rite Aid pharmacies and several independent drug stores are halting nonprescription sales of certain nasal decongestants that contain pseudoephedrine in an effort to stop the illegal production of the street drug methamphetamine, according to pharmacy officials and the health advocacy group that requested the action.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine -- 06/28/2016 -- Claritin-D, a decongestant medication that includes pseudoephedrine, at a Rite Aid in Presque Isle. Rite Aid and other stores are phasing out non-prescription sales of pseudoephedrine-containing products in select areas, in response to ongoing problems with diversions for meth manufacturing.

Claritin-D, a decongestant medication that includes pseudoephedrine, at a Rite Aid in Presque Isle. Rite Aid and other stores are phasing out non-prescription sales of pseudoephedrine-containing products in select areas, in response to ongoing problems with diversions for meth manufacturing.

“In the coming days, we are proactively removing non-tamper-resistant, single-ingredient pseudoephedrine products from select Rite Aid stores in northern Maine,” spokeswoman Kristin Kellum of the Camp Hill, Pennsylvania-based retailer, said Tuesday.

Tamper-resistant formulations of pseudoephedrine, such as Nexafed, are designed to block pseudoephedrine from being made into meth and will remain on the shelves.

“As a member of the community and a leading drugstore chain in the state, Rite Aid remains committed to taking appropriate action to help address the methamphetamine problem in northern Maine, while ensuring that we continue to serve patients with legitimate medical needs,” Kellum said.

The products are being pulled from 11 Rite Aid stores in northern Maine, Rite Aid spokeswoman Ashley Flowers said Thursday, declining to provide the locations or the product brand names. Rite Aid has around 4,700 locations nationwide and more than 60 stores in Maine.

“No Bangor stores are included,” she said in an email.

While there will be no behind-the-counter pseudoephedrine at the 11 northern Maine locations, if someone has a prescription, the Rite Aid pharmacists will be able to fill it, Flowers said.

“In Maine, a prescription is not needed to purchase a product containing pseudoephedrine; however, if a physician were to write such a prescription, we would fill it as we do today,” she said.

Aroostook County District Attorney Todd Collins said the change should make a difference because “methamphetamine simply cannot be manufactured without pseudoephedrine.”

Collins visited every pharmacy in Aroostook County last week to call attention to the issue of meth making in small clandestine “labs” and their connection to products like Sudafed that contain pseudoephedrine.

Some other allergy medications, including Allegra-D and Claritin-D, are being pulled as part of the change, a pharmacist from northern Maine who asked not to be identified said.

“We feel that this is a huge step forward in our effort to decrease substance abuse misuse [of the products],” River Coalition executive director and Partnership for a Healthy Northern Penobscot member Linda McGee said Tuesday.

The Save A Life Substance Abuse Task Force, facilitated by the Partnership for Healthy Northern Penobscot, was created in December 2014 and is a group of nearly 50 Lincoln community leaders, residents, physicians, pharmacists, people in recovery, educators and business owners who are meeting to address the region’s drug addiction problem, McGee said.

The group asked Rite Aid, Hannaford and Wal-Mart to stop carrying Sudafed, and Rite Aid was the first to respond. Hannaford has said they are unable to comply at this time, and the group is still waiting to hear from Wal-Mart, McGee said.

“There are a lot of people coming from southern Aroostook County to get Sudafed,” McGee said. “They arrive in carloads. They would get everything they could get and then head back.”

Several independent St. John Valley pharmacies also have reported high rates of southern Aroostook County residents visiting their stores and attempting to purchase Sudafed, and have decided to remove the nasal decongestant.

St. John Valley Pharmacy in Fort Kent, Madawaska Pharmacy, Mars Hill Pharmacy Inc. and Presque Isle Pharmacy are no longer carrying Sudafed.

Dwayne Carr, pharmacist at Presque Isle Pharmacy, said that store stopped selling Sudafed last week at the request of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and Aroostook County DA Collins. Carr said people were attempting to purchase the drug “on a daily basis” at Presque Isle Pharmacy.

Maine was one of the first states in the nation to make customers ask for pseudoephedrine, which was moved behind the counter in 2005, produce an identification to purchase it and to restrict how much people could buy to 9 grams per month. In 2013, state legislators strengthened the law by adding an electronic tracking system that prevented people from buying from several locations to get more than their monthly allowance.

The nasal decongestant is used to make “shake and bake” or “one pot” meth using plastic soda bottles that have been found all over the state, with about half discovered in Aroostook County.

“Many people don’t realize that the manufacturing process uses such caustic materials that the resulting concoctions are actually hazardous waste materials and need to be isolated by specialized teams and then destroyed by [Department of Environmental Protection] protocols,” Collins said. “It is an enormously expensive undertaking in addition to the risk of poisoning and explosion and fire that the meth manufacturing process presents.”

The “shake and bake” meth is made by mixing certain common household chemicals together with Sudafed or other drugs containing pseudoephedrine, which is “cooked” by adding lithium taken from batteries, according to Peter Arno, commander of Maine Drug Enforcement Agency division II, which covers the northern half of the state.

He said meth, an illegal stimulant that has plagued western parts of the U.S. since the 1980s, started to creep into Maine about seven years ago.

There was one meth lab bust in Maine during 2009, and the number has since increased every year, with two found in 2011, eight in 2012, 11 in 2013, 37 in 2014 and a record 56 manufacturing and disposal sites found last year.

With 40 meth labs found so far this year in Aroostook County, the area accounts for nearly half of the 85 meth labs found in the state by MDEA agents, according to the tally of clandestine labs kept by the Maine Department of Public Safety.

When methamphetamine hits the streets and rural roads of Maine, it’s called meth, crystal, crystal meth, chalk or ice, and looks like a clear, white or off-white crystal powder. The stimulant, which can be extremely addictive, can be snorted, smoked, dissolved into a beverage or injected.

“Methamphetamine use and production is a significant problem in our community and it needs a community solution,” Collins said. “The simplest, quickest and most effective community response would be to take pseudoephedrine off of the shelves from Houlton to Madawaska.”

 

 

 

 

https://bangordailynews.com/2016/07/02/news/aroostook/pharmacies-in-northern-maine-halt-sales-of-certain-decongestants-to-thwart-meth-labs/

 

Meth in the News – July 1, 2016

Posted: 1st July 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized

Meth in the News

Professor Nicholas E Goeders

Methamphetamine is a drug used by people all around the world. And while men are two to three times more likely to use most other drugs, women are as likely to use meth as men are.

The reasons for this are not really clear.

Some claim that the energy levels that meth produces allow a woman to juggle family and a career, becoming “supermom.”

Others say that meth is so attractive to women because it helps them reduce unwanted weight. Maybe, but it comes at a stiff price as the drug begins to control more and more of the user’s life.

And then she tries injecting meth for the first time in an attempt to really boost her energy levels. She can handle it, right?

But then everything changes.

More than most other drugs, injected meth is so often associated with sex. Some claim that meth produces sexual desire and/or arousal and reduces inhibitions.

Some even claim than the euphoria associated with an injection of meth, when it is of sufficient purity and dosage, is very similar to sexual pleasure.

Scientists say that meth increases levels of the brain pleasure chemical called dopamine more than any other pleasurable activity. Other drugs also increase dopamine – that’s why people enjoy using them too. But methamphetamine increases dopamine three or four times more than even cocaine or morphine.

That may be because methamphetamine is a chemical not found in nature. Cocaine comes from the coca plant. Morphine comes from the opium poppy. Even marijuana grows like a weed.

Methamphetamine must be synthesized in a lab. It was first synthesized in 1893 by Japanese chemist, Nagayoshi Nagai.

And while the “high” from a related stimulant, cocaine, lasts for half an hour or so, the high from meth can last for 8 to 12 hours, depending on the user’s physiology and biochemistry.

The extended high that meth produces makes it possible for the user to stay awake for long periods of time. This property was exploited by the Japanese and German military during World War II as meth was provided to soldiers from both countries.

But like I said, this is also why many users begin smoking or eating meth. Then someone tells her that if she likes smoking meth, she should try injecting it. Her “friend” may even inject it for her.

And if the dose is right, she will experience an indescribable euphoria that, as I indicated above, is highly sexual in nature as dopamine floods the nervous system.

But it is never quite as good ever again. It can still be quite euphoric – for a while, but just not quite as good. So she continues to use meth, seeking that first high. We’ve all heard of “chasing the high.”

But it’s as though the drug is calling out to her – lying to her. Inside her head a little voice tells her that all she needs to do is to inject just a little bit more meth. Maybe she just needs to make the meth solution in the syringe a little thicker. Maybe if she can just find that dealer that sold her the “really good dope” that time…

But as with most things, too much of a good thing often becomes harmful. I think that God created us this way. Otherwise we would spend all of our time just doing that “good thing” over and over again. Come to think of it, that’s what some people do. But I digress.

The massive amounts of dopamine that meth releases in the brain begin to actually damage the very nerve cells that release the pleasure chemical. So over time, the user realizes that meth doesn’t make her feel as good as it used to. So she uses more and more of the drug, trying to find that euphoria she covets. But it’s to no avail. The more she uses, the more her dopamine cells are damaged.

Eventually she gets to the point that she feels like she has to slam (inject) meth just to feel normal – just to get out of bed.

Many people have told me that meth is evil or of the devil. They get to the point where they will do anything – absolutely anything – for another hit. And they blame it all on the meth.

And since the euphoria is so sexual, women (and men) often resort to sex to get meth.

Maybe that is why I have seen so many cases where men in their thirties, forties or even fifties are caught with underage teenage girls. It literally boggles the mind.

Perhaps some of the allure is due to the sexual effects of meth. But the effects on dopamine, especially in the frontal part (cortex) of the brain, short circuit the ability of the user to make rational decisions, so she does things that she otherwise would never even consider doing.

I am going to just list a few recent cases below to illustrate the points I made in this week’s column. But if you search my website, or the Internet, or the records of any sheriff’s office, you will find many, many more cases just like these.

On June 20, 2016, Kenneth Wayne Jones, 41, from Roundup, Mont., was arraigned in Yellowstone County Justice Court on felony sex crime charges.

Mr. Jones was accused of repeatedly raping a 16-year-old girl over the course of two years, starting when she was only 14.

The girl told authorities that the sexual abuse started when Mr. Jones began using meth. My assumption is that he probably encouraged the teenage girl to use meth too.

On Friday, June 17, Brandon Scott Thomas, a.k.a. “Gambino,” age 25, of Roanoke, Va., pled guilty to one count of conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute at least 50 grams of meth, two counts of sex trafficking by fraud, force or coercion, one count of conspiring to commit sex trafficking by fraud, force or coercion, and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.

Mr. Thomas admitted that he ran a prostitution business involving several women out of hotels in Roanoke and Charlottesville.

In a press release, US Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. said, “These women were trapped by addiction and the violent nature of a man who preyed upon their vulnerabilities.”

“Human trafficking is one of the most heinous crimes we investigate,” said Clark E. Settles, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations’ Washington, D.C. field office. “In this case, Thomas sold women just like he sold drugs.”

Mr. Thomas used the women’s addiction to and desire for meth to force them into sexual slavery for his own profit.

Finally, in a case out of New Orleans on June 15, Justin Wiley, 28, was booked into the Orleans Parish jail on a charge of first-degree rape.

In a four-month period, two women separately reported to New Orleans police that they were raped by a meth dealer they met at Louis Armstrong Park – a man who they identified as appearing in a Facebook profile under the name “Swinga Justtohard.”

The picture in the Facebook profile was none other than Mr. Wiley.

Once again, the allure of the sexual euphoria produced by meth led to the rape and abuse of multiple women in New Orleans. Who knows how many other women were raped by this man, but were too ashamed to come forward?

Maybe meth really is of the devil.

Remember, no one is immune from the effects of meth. Don’t try it – not even once!

If you are an IV meth user, especially a woman, I want to hear from you. I want to learn more about what meth does to you and your body to better determine what needs to be done to help you. I also want to know your story – how you started using meth and whether or not you also appreciate the differences between smoking meth and slamming it. Please contact me in complete confidence at nickgoeders@gmail.com. You will remain completely anonymous. I will never print anything about you that will betray your trust in me, and I will never judge you.

Comments Off on Kimberly Sweet, 46, of Sioux City, arrested after hiding 6.2 grams of Methamphetamine and three rolled marijuana cigarettes in her vagina

A Sioux City woman is facing multiple drug charges after police found meth and marijuana she tried hiding in her vagina during a traffic stop.

Police pulled over Tony Smith, a known drug dealer in Sioux City, for driving with a 9u-7l9989078-9uiiojbroken windshield on Wednesday, June 29th, around 5 p.m.

During the stop, which happened on the corner of 13th and Douglas Streets, the passenger in Smith’s car started making “large movements.”

When speaking with the driver, Smith told police that his passenger, 46-year-old Kimberly Sweet, had placed drugs in her vagina.

Police found 14 bags of methamphetamine, weighing 6.2 grams, and three rolled marijuana cigarettes. In the car, police also found a digital scale, a knife, and prescription pills, methadone and ibuprofen, that didn’t belong to her.

Sweet was arrested for possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, carrying a weapon, possession of prescription drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Parents, Crystal McConnell and Craig McConnell, from Council Bluffs, charged with child neglect after their three children under 5 test positive for Methamphetamine

A Council Bluffs couple has been charged with child neglect after authorities said their three children tested positive for methamphetamine.

The couple were arrested on Wednesday and charged Thursday with three counts of abandonment of a dependent person.

The children’s mother was also charged with third-degree burglary, as well as one misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance and violating her probation on a similar charge.

In May, she pleaded guilty to child endangerment charges and received a deferred judgment and two years of probation.

The woman was arrested in September of 2014 on similar accusations. According to court documents, she admitted to trading peanut butter and jelly for meth and then using the drug around children.

The two remain in custody at Pottawattamie County Jail with bail set for the father at $10,000 and the mother at $15,000.

According to court documents, three children, all under the age of 5, had their hair follicles tested for methamphetamine. The test results came back positive. The parents also tested positive for meth on May 12, 2016.

Assistant Pottawattamie County Attorney Dawn Landon said the children have been removed from the home and are in a safe place.

Court documents say the children’s hair follicles tested positive for meth. Craig and Crystal McConnell also tested positive for the drug on May 12.

Assistant Pottawattamie County Attorney Dawn Landon says the children have been removed from the home and are safe.

The couple remains in the Pottawattamie County Jail. Bail is set at $10,000 for Craig McConnell and $15,000 for Crystal McConnell. They have a court date scheduled for July 8.

 

 

 

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Comments Off on David B. Morrison, 36, of Gouverneur, charged with making Methamphetamine for third time in four months – Mark W. Tripp, 30, also from Gouverneur, jailed on Methamphetamine charges too

GOUVERNEUR – Two Gouverneur men were jailed Thursday for manufacturing methamphetamine at 513 Sleepy Hollow Rd., Apt. D, according to Gouverneur police.

Following an investigation police said they arrested the tenant, Mark W. Tripp, 30, and David B. Morrison, 36, of 41 William St.

A search by members of the Gouverneur Police Department, St. Lawrence County Drug Task Force consisting of members from US Border Patrol, NYSP Narcotic Unit and also with assistance of the New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team, resulted in the seizure of methamphetamine along with several components known to be used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Tripp and Morrison were charged with third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, felony, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and unlawful possession of a hypodermic needle, police said.

Morrison is under supervision of probation release for prior arrests in the City of Ogdensburg (April 2016) and Town of Canton (Feb. 2016) for third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine. Officers said at the time of his arrest Morrison was wanted by the City of Ogdensburg Police Department on a bench warrant issued by the City court alleging he violated the terms of his release

Tripp is also under supervision of probation release for a Jan. 2016 arrest for driving while intoxicated.

Both were arraigned at Town of Fowler Court before Justice Paul Lamson and Morrison was held on no bail and Tripp was held on $5, 000 bail or $10,000 bond.

Both defendants were remanded to the St Lawrence County Correctional Facility to reappear in Fowler court July 6 at 4 p.m.

The Gouverneur Volunteer Fire Department and the Gouverneur Volunteer Rescue Squad also assisted on scene.

Police said their investigation is continuing.

 

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Police find 108 grams of Methamphetamine in South Waco drug raid – 57-year-old Joe Raymond Shaw arrested

Waco police raided a South Waco home Wednesday morning and found more than 108 grams of methamphetamine and two handguns, leading to the arrest of a Waco man, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.5775b7d1259ac_image

Waco drug officers and SWAT team members executed a search warrant at 1001 Church St. at about 6 a.m., Swanton said. During the search, officers found 108.06 grams of methamphetamine, two handguns and other evidence of drug distribution, including scales and baggies.

At the home, 57-year-old Joe Raymond Shaw was arrested on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.

Shaw was taken to McLennan County Jail. He remained in custody Thursday evening in lieu of a $10,000 surety bond.

 

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Neighbor complaints lead to raid, Methamphetamine arrest of Scott Hosea Hunter, 45, in east Medford

Neighbor complaints about a possible east Medford drug house led to a mid-morning raid today where more than 33 grams of methamphetamine were seized and the house’s resident jailed on drug charges.

Taken into custody during the 10:30 a.m. warrant service on the 1400 block of Crown Avenue was Scott Hosea Hunter, 45.f7y7wyenfh2

Hunter was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on one count each of unlawful possession, distribution and manufacturing of methamphetamine, according to jail records. He was being held on more than $1 million bail.

The search warrant was based on numerous neighbor complaints as well as outside intelligence developed by Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement investigators, according to MADGE.

Along with the drugs, police found scales, packaging materials, a firearm and other undisclosed evidence, according to MADGE.

The house was within 1,000 feet of both Roosevelt Elementary School and Hedrick Middle School, according to MADGE.

Hunter previously had a 2002 marijuana citation and a 2006 misdemeanor theft conviction in Oregon, court records show.

 

 

 

 

http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20160629/NEWS/160629610

 

Comments Off on Former Methamphetamine user, Bella Dally, shares her story of recovery in Missoula

(MTN News-MISSOULA) The number of children entering the foster care system due to parental methamphetamine use continues to spike to numbers that have never been seen before, but there is hope.10888702_G

MTN News spoke with a young mother who is working through an on-going dependent neglect case through the family treatment court in Missoula. She shared with her experience — from using and dealing — to getting her kids back.

The number of kids in foster care due to child abuse and neglect cases involving methamphetamine jumped from 239 in 2011 to 1,089 children in May of this year.

Bella Dally is a recovering meth user who lost custody of her children after one was born drug-affected by the drug. Through intensive treatment with the family drug treatment court, she is now sober and able to parent.

“It was horrible. I didn’t enjoy it at all. It was scary. But then I just decided to do it again. It was convenient, and it was there — and I was hurting. Just being scared as a first time, single mom. Just feeling like I failed and I had a lot of high expectations of myself and that didn’t go as planned,” Bella said.

“During my whole pregnancy with my two-year-old — when he was born he was exposed to methamphetamine and THC. To get him back, I had to do all the CFS and family drug treatment court things. It’s called a treatment plan. I finally completed that in March,” she continued.

“I was pregnant with my third son — I decided to quit using. Today is my ten month sobriety day. Its been a long two years I guess, dealing with addiction and becoming a parent again,” Bella recalled.

“Now that I am sober, and doing well, it’s amazing to realize how many people who were supporting me and wanted me to do well and I just didn’t see it. And I guess it was discouraging that I had to check-in with all these people. Nothing that I expected.”

“The first couple months to feel like an attachment with these people who at first I hated and now I thank them for just giving me my life back — and my kids,” Bella concluded.

Bella is hoping to graduate from the family drug treatment court in September and says she is planning to study social work this fall.

 

 

 

http://www.ktvh.com/2016/06/former-meth-user-shares-her-story-of-recovery/

 

Comments Off on Welfare checkup turns into Thibodaux police stand-off, arrests of Melissa Rodrigue and Jordan Landry for Methamphetamine and drugs

THIBODAUX, LA. – – Thibodaux Police arrested two people for possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia after a welfare checkup turned into a five hour stand-off.

A concerned person called police early Wednesday morning, saying Melissa Rodrigue was possibly being held against her will by her ex-boyfriend Jordan Landry%20In%20Custody_1467228686646_3566426_ver1_0Landry. When officers arrived at Rodrigue’s home in the 600 block of Magnolia Street, no one answered, according to police.

After several more attempts to get someone to answer the door, the Lafourche Parish Inter-Agency Crisis Management Unit was activated out of concern for Rodrigue.

Landry and Rodrigue were taken into police custody after more than five hours, and Rodrique said she was not held against her will.

Police followed up with a search warrant and recovered suspected methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

Both were taken to Lafourche Parish Detention Center where they await their bond.

 

 

 

 

http://www.wwltv.com/news/local/welfare-checkup-turns-into-police-stand-off/259537862

 

Comments Off on Kristi White charged with selling Methamphetamine in Dalton Precious Possessions Preschool & Daycare parking lot

DALTON, Ga. — A post on the Facebook page of Precious Possessions Preschool & Daycare in Dalton says a former employee has been arrested and charged with yjryjfghjxdfyjdytjtrjtrying to sell methamphetamine to an undercover officer in the daycare’s parking lot. Whitfield County authorities later confirmed the arrest.

The daycare is located at 2511 Cleveland Highway in Dalton.

The post was written by daycare director Holly Ridley, and says:

“On Wednesday, June 22nd, a former employee, Kristi White, was arrested for the attempted sale of methamphetamine to an undercover agent in the side of our parking lot nearest to the plaza. This employee did not have any direct care responsibilities of the children nor were any children aware of or exposed to any of what transpired in the parking lot during the arrest. Yesterday [Monday], we concluded what was the final stages of the investigation into what occurred when our state licensing office came and interviewed myself and our employees. Until this was concluded, we felt we were unable to adequately speak to the even for fear of impeding the efficient and unfiltered investigation.

We at Precious Possessions are committed to trying our best in making sure your children are safe and happy here. This employee did have a clean Criminal Records Background Check on file and prior to this event, had never before been arrested. Also, we at Precious Possessions were completely unaware the employee was involved in any activity of this nature nor had there ever been any indication of anything of this 13438948_1201009623264130_3030384839878431568_nsort. We are the only facility in our area which provide(s) internet access for our parents to be able to watch their children from anywhere at anytime. We also have a security door which does not allow just anyone to walk in off the street without being buzzed by our staff. Our employees are randomly drug tested. We do take safety and security seriously and do everything within our power to create a safe and secure environment.

Knowing this former employee, we were shocked and dismayed to learn of this. Please join with us in praying for her and her children while they go through this terrible time – they need our prayers now more than ever. Please pray for healing and pray for those in all walks of life which end up in such a terrible and devastating place in their lives. Unfortunately, I feel this is just another example of many of what a scourge drugs are on our country, communities, and families.

Precious Possessions would like to sincerely thank the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Department for the professionalism and expediency with which they handled this situation and keeping us all safe.”

 

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Sydney student, Madeline Christine Sawyer, 19, who doubled as a drug and Methamphetamine-dealing sex worker warned by judge that her fate rests on assessment report that will determine if she goes to jail

A Sydney student who doubled as a drug dealing sex worker has been warned by a judge that her fate rests on an assessment report that will determine whether or not she goes to jail.Madeline-Christine-Sawyer4

As a biochemistry student at Western Sydney University, Madeline Christine Sawyer’s days were largely spent with her head buried in books.

But, as police were shocked to discover, her time outside class was anything but routine.

Sawyer, 19, had been juggling studies with a secret life of drug-supply and prostitution that unraveled last October after highway police randomly intercepted a car in which she was travelling.

She previously pleaded guilty to six supply and possession charges and a further count of dealing with suspected proceeds of crime.

On Thursday, she appeared at Parramatta District Court where she had expected to learn her fate.1467272200834dw

But Judge John Pickering instead requested a report be compiled to assess her “suitability” for an Intensive Correction Order as an “alternative” to a custodial sentence.

The order would be served in the community under the strict supervision of Corrective Services.

“I know you were anxious to be sentenced today,” Judge Pickering told Sawyer. “However, this is the path I have decided to go down.”

Sawyer’s secret double life of drug dealing and paid sex was exposed only last October due to an erratic piece of driving by a disqualified motorist and fellow Western Sydney University student, Fadhil Al Khafaji.

When officers pulled the vehicle over, they found Al Khafaji behind the wheel, Sawyer in the passenger seat and two capsules of MDMA in the front console which, according to police documents, Al Khafaji said were his.2fbd13ab4fd5828805938b73ff0f6e10

When officers looked at his phone, they discovered a text exchange between Sawyer and himself in which he had ordered additional drugs and she had replied: “No worries, will sort tomorrow.”

These messages led to a raid at Sawyer’s Campbelltown home, where officers found 28 capsules of MDMA powder, 15 re-sealable bags collectively containing 11 grams of cocaine and 11 individual, one-gram bags of methamphetamine, better known as ice.

When police questioned her about the hoard and $3660 found with them, she tried to disguise her dealing by claiming the drugs were all “for personal use”, adding the cash was “proceeds” from her “employment as a prostitute”.

But a search of her phone proved otherwise with a stream of texts demonstrating her involvement in drug supply to both clients and fellow students.1467272200834

Less than 48 hours before her arrest, she had texted a customer who had sampled her cocaine, and asked: “How did the rack go?”

“Yeah, it was good,” he replied, adding: “What are you doing the bags at?”

Sawyer responded: “Generally $300 a bag.”

At a previous sentencing hearing earlier this month, Judge Pickering had voiced concerns that Sawyer might still be involved in the sex industry while the Crown’s lawyer pressed for a sentence involving “immediate custodial time”.

But Judge Pickering said on Thursday that it was “only appropriate” he gave “consideration” to an order that now ultimately rests on whether or not she has genuinely turned a corner since her arrest and eliminated drugs from her life.

He warned her to be “truthful” while participating in interviews to be held over the next six weeks.

“This report is in your interests,” he told Sawyer.

The case returns to Campbelltown District Court on August 18.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/report-to-tell-if-student-madeline-sawyer-who-doubled-as-drugdealing-escort-goes-to-jail-20160629-gpuoqm.html

 

 

Comments Off on Carrie Mitchell, 18, of Rainbow City, and William Pruitt, 25, of Gadsden, arrested on Methamphetamine and drug charges following 100 mph chase in Etowah County

Two people were arrested on drug-related charges following a chase Monday that reached speeds of 100 mph, according to a news release from the Etowah County Drug Enforcement Unit.wriogjwe-au8wr

William Pruitt, 25, Gadsden, and Carrie Mitchell, 18, Rainbow City, are charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine, second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and attempting to elude law enforcement officers.

Deputy DEU Commander Phil Sims said Sardis Police Officer Keith Beaird attempted to stop a white Jaguar for speeding on U.S. Highway 431 South. The driver, Pruitt, refused to stop and the chase ensued.erher=900ghu8wa9

Pruitt ultimately lost control of the Jaguar and wrecked at the corner of Rockledge Road and U.S. Highway 431. He and Mitchell left the vehicle and ran into the adjacent woods.

Pruitt was caught in the woods, and Boaz police officers caught Mitchell at a house on Rockledge Road.

In the vehicle, officers found about 14 grams of methamphetamine, a small bag containing marijuana, used needles and digital scales. DEU agents were called to the scene.

Pruitt and Mitchell were taken to the Etowah County Detention Center, where they remain under $4,000 bond each.

The FBI North Alabama Safe Streets Task Force also participated in the case.

 

 

 

 

http://www.gadsdentimes.com/news/20160628/two-arrested-on-drug-charges-following-100-mph-chase

 

Comments Off on Kyle Thomas Dishner, 21, and Michael James Caldwell, 25, of Hawkins, sentenced to eight years for giving Methamphetamine to two 14-year-old girls and 17-year-old boy near Surgoinsville

ROGERSVILLE — Two Hawkins County men who provided meth to three juveniles ages 17, 14 and 14 last year at a vacant house near Surgoinsville were sentenced to eight years each last week on multiple charges.

On Friday, Kyle Thomas Dishner, 21, 140 Beechwood Hills, Lot 19, Surgoinsville, Caldwell-AND-Dishnerwas sentenced to eight years by Judge John Dugger in exchange for guilty pleas to two counts of possession of meth with intent to deliver, three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a child and criminal trespassing.

The charges stemmed from an arrest that occurred Aug. 22, 2015.

Dishner was also ordered to pay $7,851 in fines and fees.

Dishner’s co-defendant in that case, Michael James Caldwell, 25, was sentenced by Dugger to eight years on June 20 in exchange for guilty pleas to two counts of possession of meth with intent to deliver, three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a child and criminal trespassing.

In a separate case stemming from his arrest on Nov. 17, 2015 Caldwell was sentenced to an additional three years in exchange for guilty pleas to initiating the manufacture of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal trespassing.

As a result, Caldwell’s overall sentence was 11 years.

Caldwell was also ordered to pay a total of $8,531 in fines and fees for both cases.

Dishner and Caldwell were arrested on Aug. 22, 2015, in a vacant residence near Surgoinsville where Caldwell had admittedly been “squatting” and cooking meth for several weeks.

That evening, 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 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 found lying outside the house.

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

Dishner was located inside the residence along with a 17-year-old male and two 14-year-old-year females.

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

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

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.

Dishner and Caldwell will each be eligible for early release after serving 30 percent of their sentences.

 

 

 

 

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Comments Off on Terrell Banker, 26, of Vinton, Virginia, sentenced to 156 months in federal prison for sex trafficking a minor and persuading a minor to engage in prostitution, providing Methamphetamine

ROANOKE, Va. – A 26-year-old, Vinton, Virginia, resident, was sentenced Monday to 156 months in federal prison for sex trafficking a minor and persuading a minor to engage in prostitution. This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the FBI, the Roanoke City Police Department and the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office.

Terrell Banker, 26, was convicted of federal sex trafficking charges following a jury trial in October 2015.

A co-defendant, Laura Cook, previously pled guilty to conspiracy to engage in the sex trafficking of a minor and was sentenced to 58 months in prison earlier this year.

“Sex trafficking is an international crisis that not only impacts men and women overseas but, tragically, is rooted in cities and towns all across our country,” United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. said today. “This case was particularly tragic because it involved the trafficking of a minor, a girl of just 17 at the time of the incident. It is encouraging, however, that law enforcement helped identify the trafficking behavior and put an early end to what could have been a very long and painful run of abuse by these two defendants.”

“Human trafficking is one of the most heinous crimes we investigate. Victims are often vulnerable, and their traffickers prey on those vulnerabilities, trapping them in a cycle they can’t break free from. No person – especially a minor – should have to endure this treatment,” said Clark E. Settles, Special Agent in Charge of HSI Washington, D.C. “Today’s sentence marks a win for law enforcement. One more trafficker is off the streets and will have to face the consequences of his actions behind bars.”

According to evidence presented at Banker’s trial and Cook’s guilty plea hearing, Victim One was a 17-year-old resident of Salem who began socializing with Cook via the Internet in February 2015. At the insistence of Cook, Victim One stayed at Cook’s home, partied with Cook and took illegal drugs with Cook. At some point in February 2015, Cook introduced Victim One to Banker, who provided various illegal drugs to Cook, and others, including marijuana, methamphetamine and cocaine. Cook asked Banker to provide Victim One with methamphetamine. On at least one occasion, Banker took payment for the drugs he provided in the form of sex with Victim One.

In March 2015, Victim One ran away from home and was harbored by Cook. After discussing Victim One’s situation with Banker, Cook and Banker decided that Victim One would be prostituted as a way to earn money. Near the end of March 2015, Banker arranged a prostitution encounter for Victim One, transported her to take part in the commercial sex act and took payment from the “John.” Victim One was hungry, had no money and no other means to support herself and therefore, reluctantly, engaged in the commercial sex act at the direction of Banker and Cook.

 

 

 

 

https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/sex-trafficker-sentenced-156-months-federal-prison