GAINES COUNTY – One man is behind bars following a six month long methamphetamine trafficking investigation in Seminole and Gaines County.

The Gaines County Sheriff’s Office tells NewsWest 9, they executed a narcotics search and arrest warrant on Sunday morning for a residence in the 600 block of Southwest 9th Street in Seminole.


During the search, officials found 59-year-old Cecil “Butch” Orban Callaway, who is the identified “kingpin” of the operation.

Officials also found over 26 grams of methamphetamine, worth over $3,000 on the street. They also found marijuana, dangerous drugs and a large amount of assorted drug paraphernalia in the home.

Callaway was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamines (with intent to deliver), possession of marijuana and possession of dangerous drugs.

Callaway is currently behind bars at the Gaines County Jail.



A Muhlenberg County woman was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine Friday after deputies found crystal methamphetamine in a Drakesboro home.

Muhlenberg County Sheriff Curtis McGehee said Julie A. Mackey, 26, of Drakesboro was charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.



CHICAGO — Authorities say they arrested a Minneapolis man on drug charges after discovering what they believe is $1.75 million worth of methamphetamine during a suburban Chicago traffic stop.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office says Monday that 22-year-old Roberto Ortiz has been charged with felony narcotics possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.


The department says Ortiz was driving an SUV in Arlington Heights on Saturday evening when he was pulled over for traffic violations. During the stop, officers found about 25 pounds of suspected crystal methamphetamine under the front seat and inside a locked box in the back of the SUV.

Ortiz was taken into custody and was expected to appear in court for a bond hearing on Monday. It wasn’t clear if he had an attorney.–Methamphetamine-Bust


Driver Allegedly Caught With 25 Pounds of Meth

A Minneapolis man faces felony charges after police say he  was found with 25 pounds of crystal methamphetamine in his vehicle.

According to the Cook County Sheriff’s Department, the drugs  were found during a routine traffic stop in the 200 block of East Algonquin Road  in Arlington Heights Saturday evening.

Authorities say the driver, 22-year-old Roberto Ortiz,  consented to a search of the SUV he was driving, and that’s when the drugs were  found under the front driver seat and in a box located in the back of the  vehicle.

Ortiz was charged with felony narcotics possession with  intent to deliver.

The drugs have an estimated street value of $1.75  million.

Ortiz was scheduled to appear in bond court Monday.




U.S. Border Patrol agents took more methamphetamine off the streets Tuesday by foiling an attempted smuggling at the San Clemente checkpoint.

Last week, agents found $7 million in meth stashed in the hull of a boat in Oceanside Harbor.

In the most recent discovery, agents searched a pickup driven by a U.S. citizen who had an undocumented Mexican national as a passenger.

Meth found in a pickup truck Tuesday at the San Clemente checkpoint


A K-9 gave a positive alert for narcotics, and a non-intrusive X-ray detection system discovered anomalies within the truck, according to a Border Patrol press release.

Agents searched the Ford F-150 and found bundles of meth underneath the truck bed and even more hidden with “natural voids of the vehicle,” the release states.

The bundles weighed 12.24 pounds and had an estimated street value of $122,400.

Both the 32-year-old U.S. citizen and the 32-year-old Mexican national were arrested and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation. Their names were withheld.



The explosion happened in 2011, but Jessica Biggs still bleeds.

She bleeds when the sores on her leg pop open. She bleeds on the operating table during the skin grafts. And she still cries.

She was 22 that September night when the father of her children went into the bathroom of their Madison apartment to cook meth and something went wrong. He died two weeks later in the burn unit at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she also was hospitalized.


Selena Humphrey was just 15 when she went to the Vanderbilt burn unit. She was cooking methamphetamine Dec. 4, 2000, in Grundy County when the chemical brew exploded in her face. She’s done with the skin grafts, but her scars will never go away.

The explosions that forever changed the lives of these young women happened more than a decade apart — a timeline that demonstrates the longevity of Tennessee’s meth problem. Surgeons at the state’s burn units in Nashville and Memphis continue to rebuild the melted body parts of addicts. And even after having suffered horrible, disfiguring injuries, their patients still struggle with addiction.

Humphrey, who was spared a jail sentence because of her age, wound up serving time later, pleading guilty to possession of meth-related paraphernalia six years after the 2000 explosion. She said she’s still using drugs but wants to stop.

Biggs wound up with another addiction after she stopped using meth. She got hooked on prescription pills after her surgeries, she said, “abusing them to numb my pain.” She had to go to rehab to get off narcotics, but said meth is the drug that dragged her down.

“Meth is not just a speed drug,” Biggs said. “It’s a devil’s drug.”

Jessica Biggs was 22

A revolving door

Burn units can be revolving doors for some addicts.

Dr. Bill Hickerson, the plastic surgeon who runs the unit at The MED in Memphis, said he has treated patients multiple times for repeat burns from meth lab explosions.

Just one bad burn case can carry a high price tag, especially when a patient develops an infection.

“It can go more than $1 million,” Hickerson said, noting that burn victims are prone to serious complications. “It can be $1 million or $2 million with a large burn that gets sick.”

He has worked at burn units in Memphis and Little Rock, Ark., before and since meth infested the South. The initial wave of burn victims were people who made the drugs in large quantities, mixing explosive chemicals while using propane heaters, before the smaller cold-cook “shake-and-bake” method became popular.

“Everything in that lab was obviously volatile,” Hickerson said. “With a mistake, they got a huge explosion and very serious burns. The total body surface area burned would be very high.”

The introduction of the shake-and-bake method accelerated the spread and use of the drug in Tennessee. In shake and bake, household chemicals are mixed in a soda bottle. No flame is needed.

“The shake-and-bake has made it more available for anybody,” Hickerson said.

In a shake-and-bake explosion, the burned body area is generally smaller, but that does not mean people are not at risk for dying.

“They still get very sick because their immune systems have been totally destroyed by the drug,” he said. “Their cardiovascular system is definitely not normal. With their pulmonary system, it is not unusual to see inflammatory condition of their lungs develop.”

Dr. Blair Summitt, medical director of the burn unit at Vanderbilt, said he does not see as many obvious cases of meth explosion burns as he once did.

“Either we’re not getting the full story — maybe we have some and we don’t know it because the burns are smaller — but a lot of times the story can be sketchy,” Summitt said.

Doctors and nurses know to look for telltale clues, such as a patient showing up at an emergency room two or three days after a burn has occurred or giving accounts of accidents that don’t quite add up.

Hospital staff are mandated by Tennessee law to report suspicious cases to police.

Jessica’s story

Police knew immediately it was a meth explosion at Cedar Crest apartments in Madison on Sept. 17, 2011. It blew out a wall of the apartment that Biggs shared with Jason Scott, who already had a criminal record for making meth.

She cannot erase the memory of his screams for water and the strange whiteness of his face devoid of the top layer of skin the night of the explosion that led to his death. Shards of flesh hung from her hands and feet. Her ears looked like charcoal briquettes.

The couple had once been beautiful. Standing 6-foot-3 with high cheekbones and blond hair, Scott had the confident, closed-mouth smile of a man who thought he had the world by the tail. After years of performing pirouettes, leaps and stretches, Biggs had the body of a dancer and smooth, olive skin.

When they met, she was 19. He was five years older and had just gotten out of prison after serving time for burglary convictions, but he wasn’t using drugs then.


His addiction problem began with pills and graduated to meth, Biggs said. She tried meth and liked it.

Scott was buying the drug directly from a meth cook who told him he needed help making meth.

“Jason, at first, said, ‘I don’t want to learn,’ ” she said. “But he got so bad on it that he eventually learned how to do it. That was his thing every day, all day. That was his life. He would get up, find a way to buy the stuff to cook it, cook it, do it and stay up all night. Of course, I tried it.”

In a two-week time frame, she said, her weight dropped from 140 pounds to 105 pounds.

“We were staying with his brother in Cheatham County,” Biggs said.

“He had just got done cooking. We went to sleep. We woke up the next morning and the drug task force was knocking on the door. His brother called the cops on us.

“I did get my son taken from me,” she said. “But the charges got dropped because Jason took my charges. We stopped after that.”

She got her son back, and the couple had another baby boy. The children weren’t home the night of the explosion. She said she was sleeping on the couch in a room next to the bathroom where the explosion occurred.

She insisted that it had been a year since he had cooked meth. She couldn’t say why he chose to start again.

“I don’t know why,” she said. “He wanted some pills, and he couldn’t find pills. He looked at me and said, ‘I’m going to go cook.’ ”

She was hospitalized in the Vanderbilt burn unit for three months, then had to undergo a month of physical rehabilitation at another hospital. Besides those stays, she was hospitalized again last July because of a serious infection stemming from the injuries. She received treatment for addiction to painkillers in October 2012.

Her last skin graft surgery occurred Feb. 12.

“I have people who look at me every day,” Biggs said. “I went to the zoo at Halloween. This one guy asked me if that was my Halloween costume. Every person just kind of stared at me like I had a disease or something. A lady at Wal-Mart didn’t want to do my nails because of my skin.”

She is on probation for criminal convictions associated with the explosion.

Her grandmother, Peggy Biggs, has custody of her sons. Jessica Biggs also lives with “Granny,” the woman who raised her. She said her goals in life are to be a good mother to her sons and to become a licensed drug counselor.

Selena’s story

Motherhood is a tough reality for Selena Humphrey.

Her mother introduced her to meth, she said. Her mother’s boyfriend taught her to cook it. And Humphrey has lost her own rights to be a mother.

“My life is destroyed,” she said. “It took my kids from me. It took my serenity, my pride, my self-esteem.”

She has become the poster child for meth explosion burns — a role she is tired of playing after an appearance on “Oprah,” a feature in Newsweek and having her picture pop up on multiple websites. Her recovery from the physical injuries nearly 14 years ago, as horrible as they were, has been more certain than her recovery from the disease of addiction.

“It took me two years before I could open a car door, almost three years before I could pick up a half gallon of milk,” she said. “I had to learn to eat, talk, walk and sleep. For almost three years, I kept a garbage bag on my pillow because my face was bloody. I’ve had at least 100 multiple skin grafts.”


She became a licensed nurse aide but lost her certification after she relapsed and a 2006 arrest. Now out of prison, she cleans rooms in a Winchester motel that gives her a free place to stay. She is as brutally honest about herself as the reflection she sees scrubbing bathroom mirrors. She counts toking on a joint and drinking beer as using drugs, but said meth remains her drug of choice.

“My heart races, my mouth waters,” she said, describing the craving.

She reads “Our Daily Bread,” a devotional, every night. Humphrey prays for another chance and said she needs a residential option for treatment after a 30-day rehabilitation — a place for a fresh start.

“Something I can focus my life on instead of just sitting around twiddling my thumbs saying, ‘Let’s get high,’ ” she said. “What more have I got to do with my life? Nothing.”

Treating burns

$1 million When meth labs go up in flames, treating the injured can prove costly. The Tennessee Methamphetamine and Pharmaceutical Task Force found  one meth-burn patient at Vanderbilt University Medical Center who required four months of critical care treatment costing $1 million.

Meth treatment

$2.8 million In fiscal year 2011, 1,066 people in Tennessee received publicly funded treatment for meth abuse at a cost of $2.8 million in federal and state funds, according to the comptroller’s report.



Tennessee is in a methamphetamine crisis. The state ranks among the top in the nation for meth-lab seizures. The economic costs are estimated at more $1 billion in the state. But the problem is more than numbers. The illegal drug affects the lives of tens of thousands. It devastates the body and can even cause death.


Brain and mouth

  • • Meth works in a region of the brain packed with nerve cells that manufacture dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter (messenger) that controls pleasurable sensations.
  • • Reduced dopamine levels lead to a decrease in simple motor skills and learning tasks, long-term brain damage.
  • • Stroke, long-term brain damage.
  • • Damage to blood vessels.
  • • Insomnia, paranoia, severe depression.

Heart, lungs and other organs

  • • When meth is smoked, it enters the respiratory system and takes effect in three to five minutes. It can damage the heart and lungs.
  • • Meth can severely increase heart rate and blood pressure. Long time use can result in an irregular heartbeat, heart attack or stroke.
  • • Possible fluid in the lungs and chronic lung disease.
  • • Liver damage.
  • • Loss of appetite, weight loss and malnutrition.
  • • Skin sores result from picking and scratching at imaginary insects that chronic abusers think are crawling on them.

Immune, digestive and muscular systems

  • • Meth restricts the skin’s blood flow and its healing process, resulting in graying skin, acne and open sores.
  • • Abdominal pain.
  • • Obstruction in intestines.
  • • Lack of appetite and few nutrients received from food that is absorbed in the digestive system.
  • • Meth also effects the muscles, causing jerky movements, increased activity, convulsions and loss of coordination.

Other impacts

  • • Like with other stimulants, meth is often abused in a “binge and crash” pattern. Users try to maintain a high by taking more of the drug. Some users forgo food and sleep while continuing to take the drug for up to several days.
  • • Meth makes you high, but it also drags you way down. The “feel-good” emotions for the abuser go far beyond their usual boundaries. But the person feels far worse than usual when coming off the drug.
  • • A single does of cocaine lasts eight to 30 minutes. But a single dose of meth lasts six to eight hours.



CARBON COUNTY, Utah – A disturbance at a motel in Price led police to arrest two people Saturday morning, one of whom faces a manslaughter charge in connection with a fatal overdose from 2013.

Police from multiple agencies worked to arrest Jessica Tawn Jarvis, 34, and Jason Jered Jaimez, 37, both of Carbon County, after the pair were allegedly involved in a verbal argument that “caused an annoyance” to other guests in the motel.


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According to a news release from the Price City Police Department, one of the responding officers from Price PD was aware that Jaimez was a person of interest in an investigation underway by the Helper Police Department, and the suspect was taken into custody relative to the Helper department’s investigation.

During an interview following his booking, Jaimez allegedly admitted he had dealt heroin to a man who fatally overdosed on it December 23, 2013–according to the news release.

Prior to his interview, police searched Jaimez and allegedly found drug paraphernalia on his person. Paraphernalia and methamphetamine were allegedly found near Jarvis, and Jaimez allegedly took responsibility for those items, according to the release. The room was rented in Jarvis’ name.

Police seized about 10 grams of methamphetamine. The motel was located in a Drug Free Zone, according to the release.

Jarvis was booked into the Carbon county Jail on charges of possession of methamphetamine as a second-degree felony and possession of drug paraphernalia as a class B misdemeanor.

Jaimez was booked on charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine as a second-degree felony, and possession of paraphernalia as a class B misdemeanor. Jaimez was also booked on charges on hold from the Helper Police Department. Jaimez has prior drug related convictions, the release stated.

Following the interview with Jaimez, a Price City Detective booked Jaimez into the Carbon County Jail on separate charges related to the 2013 overdose case. The charges include distribution of a controlled substance (heroin) as a first-degree felony as well as second-degree manslaughter.

The arrests were the work of personnel from Price City police, Helper City police and the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office.

The Carbon County Attorney’s Office will screen both suspects’ bookings to determine the appropriate formal charges, the release stated.



EAST DAILEY – Information from a local child led the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office to a methamphetamine lab in East Dailey Friday, police said.

“Deputies were granted a search warrant from the Randolph County Magistrate Court after a CPS (Child Protective Services) worker and a deputy interviewed the child,” Randolph County Sheriff Mark Brady said.

After obtaining the warrant, deputies located the home in East Daily and found a meth lab in a utility room, along with precursors to manufacture the drugs.

Brady said Holly Lunn Galenis, 34, and William M. Lobb Jr., 33, were both arrested and charged with operating a clandestine drug laboratory.

Brady said precursors for manufacturing methamphetamine found inside the home included batteries, tobacco pipe cutters, iodized salt, home/camp fuel, fast dry thinner, drain opener, ice packs, lye, mason jars, bottles and glass tubes.

“Deputies also recovered hand-written instructions on how to produce meth,” he said. “A search through pharmacies showed the couple bought suphedrine on two occasions in 2014.”

Brady said two children under the age of 15 in the home were taken into CPS care. He said dogs were also removed by the Randolph County dog warden.

Deputies were assisted on scene by an Elkins Police Department Cpl. Brandon Tice, who is trained to deconstruct meth labs.

“The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office will continue to seek out individuals who endanger children and our communities by distributing drugs,” Brady told The Inter-Mountain. “We will continue to investigate any and all information given to us by the public.”



The Internet is the meet-up place for people who mix sex with methamphetamine either because they are trying to score the drug or chase a thrill that’s long gone.

The personal ads on Craigs-list Nashville use code words such as “parTy” to introduce people to meth through sex. The capital T in the middle of the word is a tipoff that someone is looking for a casual encounter while using “tina,” one of the many urban slang terms for meth.  Another is “pnp,” which stands for “party and play.”

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The come-ons begin with an offer of a line or a toke. The burnouts are inevitable.

While methamphetamine may seem like an aphrodisiac at first, causing people to lower their inhibitions, it eventually shuts down the pleasure sensors in the brain. By the time burnout occurs, a meth user may have contracted a sexually transmitted disease. The drug increases the likelihood of infections, according to multiple medical studies.

Women who used meth were 48 percent more likely to have tested positive for gonorrhea and chlamydia than those who did not, according to one study published last year in a journal called Sexually Transmitted Diseases. It analyzed data on patients who visited clinics in Los Angeles County over a two-year period.

The links between use of the drug and HIV as well as syphilis have been well documented in males, especially men who have sex with men.

While most of these studies focused on urban areas, people living in rural areas also are putting themselves at risk.

That’s the conclusion of “Risky Sex in Rural America,” a study published last year in the American Journal on Addictions. It followed 710 stimulant users in rural areas of Arkansas, Ohio and Kentucky over a three-year period. The researchers got users to answer questions by paying them $50 for completing two- to three-hour survey sessions and $10 for travel expenses.

The study determined that meth users were almost 40 percent more likely to engage in sex than if they had not used the drug.

“Rates of inconsistent condom use were alarmingly high in this study sample, and the majority of current or former stimulant users continued to use condoms inconsistently over the study period,” the article concluded.

Pleasure and anxiety

Brock Searcy, a licensed professional counselor in Nashville, said the drug spurs the release of dopamine, a pleasure chemical, and norepinephrine , an anxiety chemical, into the central nervous system.

“A little bit of anxiety can be a good thing,” he said. “It’s like the butterflies when you first meet somebody. You even need a certain amount of norepinephrine to have an orgasm.”

Cocaine and other stimulants cause similar responses, but meth lasts longer and greatly impairs judgment.

“I have definitely worked with people who have done some things on meth that they regretted,” Searcy said.

Over time, the drug inhibits the brain’s ability to produce pleasure chemicals.

“You get to the kind of situation where you are burning out pleasure neurons possibly,” he said.

“There have been situations with depression and increased anxiety. Depression will completely kill your libido.”

Slang for meth

batu, bikers’ coffee, black beauties, chalk, chicken feed, crank, dope, go-fast, go-go, crystal, glass, hirpon, ice, methlies quick, poor man’s cocaine, shabu, shards, stove top, tina, trash, tweak, uppers, ventana, vidrio, yaba and yellow baron



Railway police have arrested 11 suspects and confiscated 7.7 kilograms of methamphetamine from a criminal ring that has been running drugs from Guangdong Province to Shanghai and neighboring provinces, local media reported Saturday.

The majority of the suspects are Shanghai natives, which police said is unusual because much of the local drug business is run by people from other parts of China, the China News Service reported.

Police also confiscated 445,000 yuan ($72,400) in cash and 260 capsules of a stimulant called magu, which is a combination of methamphetamine and caffeine.

The ring sourced the methamphetamine from Guangdong Province and sold it in Shanghai and surrounding areas at prices up to seven times what they paid for it.

Police began investigating the ring when they arrested a man surnamed Fu, 59, from Baoshan district, on November 4 at a railway station in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, the report said. A patrol officer stopped Fu to check his identification and found he had a history of drug use.

The officer searched Fu and found 27 packages of a suspicious white substance in his bag and pockets. The substance turned out to be 198 grams of methamphetamine. Fu said he bought the drug from another dealer, according to the report.

While investigating Fu, police discovered an inter-provincial drug trafficking network. The ring transported the drugs on long-distance buses from Guangdong to Shanghai, where they would be distributed to different levels of middlemen and drug dealers, the report said.

The ring bought the methamphetamine for 80 yuan per gram and sold it for 500 yuan to 550 yuan per gram in Shanghai and Jiangsu Province.

One suspect, surnamed Wu, a Guangdong native who was responsible for transporting the drugs, rented an apartment in Huangpu district to serve as a warehouse, the report said. To protect himself from police, Wu used a counterfeit passport to sign the lease and didn’t use the apartment as a residence.

Police arrested Wu on December 12. They found a pistol, six bullets and a large amount of methamphetamine in the rented apartment. They also arrested two Shanghai natives, surnamed Shi and Yang, who distributed the drugs to dealers in Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces. When they searched Shi and Yang’s apartments, police found drugs stashed all over, including under the mattresses, in the refrigerators and inside the bedside tables.

The two men met in prison 19 years ago while Shi was serving time for drug trafficking and Yang was in for robbery.



Hong Kong (HKSAR) – Hong Kong Customs yesterday (March 2) seized 26 kilograms of methamphetamine in an anti-narcotics operation in Tin Shui Wai. The market value of the drug was about $11 million. A male suspect was arrested.

Customs officers yesterday afternoon intercepted a man in Tin Shui Wai and found 26kg of methamphetamine in 26 packets placed inside a recycle bag and a backpack.

The arrestee, aged 28 and claiming to be unemployed, was charged with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug and will appear at the Tuen Mun Magistrates’ Courts tomorrow (March 4).

Under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, drug trafficking is a serious offence.

The maximum penalty is life imprisonment and a fine of $5 million.



A  plague is sweeping Tennessee.

They call it crank, ice, tweak, Okie coke, shards or tina.

Its common name: meth.

This drug has become a menace here, one that has eluded easy remedy despite success in other states in regulating its key ingredient: the over-the-counter decongestant pseudoephedrine.


It touches — directly or indirectly — every person in this state.

Tennessee is the buckle of the Meth Belt, which stretches roughly from Oklahoma to South Carolina. For the better part of the past decade, Tennessee has been in the top three methamphetamine states in the nation, along with Missouri and Indiana.

It is a story told daily in the the vacant stares of the longtime addicts, in the odd tics they pick up as the disease ravages their brains, in the scars and skin grafts that illustrate how dangerous it is to make the drug — and the burnt-out homes that remind just how dangerous it is to live near.

It is told in dollars and cents and statistics, whether it is the $1.6 billion  Tennesseans pay every year to fight and clean up the meth epidemic or the 722 children placed into state custody in 2010 and 2011 all because of meth. It is told in the shrugs of neighbors who have grown accustomed to living near the toxic waste dumps left behind by meth labs.

It is told in broken promises, broken families and broken lives.

This is Tennessee’s story.



Selena HumphreySelena Humphrey was cooking meth Dec. 4, 2000, in Grundy County when the chemical brew exploded in her face. She was just 15 years old. ‘I remember looking down and my face and hands were melting like lard,’ said Humphrey, who was in a coma for two months at Vanderbilt’s burn unit



EDMOND, Oklahoma – An Edmond postal worker is arrested, accused of trafficking drugs for friends through the mail.

Police searched his home Friday morning, and found marijuana, meth and more than $2,000 inside. According to Edmond police, this all came to light after postal inspectors noticed suspicious activity.

News 9’s Evan Anderson actually sat down with the suspect, Art Ladd, and his wife last August. That’s when their son was shot and killed in a northwest OKC motel.

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“It’s hard to forget, but you have to forgive,” said Art Ladd, during a News 9 interview Aug. 16, 2013.

Ladd’s son, Blayke Ladd, was an Edmond Memorial Basketball standout. He was gunned down in a Lincoln Blvd. motel. Ladd and his wife Donna told us their faith is what has given them the strength to forgive their son’s killer.

“Am I angry, yes,” said Ladd. “Will I get over it? I believe so with God’s help.”

Now, allegations of drug trafficking through the US Postal Service come as a shock to many who knew Ladd. He was a letter carrier out of the MLK postal station in Oklahoma City.

“We had information that he had drugs inside the home,” said Edmond PD spokesperson, Jenny Monroe.

Edmond PD narcotics teams conducted an investigation into the drug allegations after postal inspectors asked for their help. According to them, enough evidence was found to get a warrant to search his home.

“They had suspected that he was package profiling, which would mean putting together the pieces of packages,” said Monroe.

Investigators say Ladd actually admitted to intercepting packages for friends who were selling drugs. He also admitted that he brought some of those drugs to his Edmond home.

“We did find marijuana in a back bedroom, and meth, and some paraphernalia and stuff,” said Monroe.

A little over 25 grams of meth was found and nearly three pounds of marijuana. $2,811 in cash was also found under a bedroom mattress.

The Edmond Police Department has been involved in the investigation since early January. Ladd was booked into the Oklahoma County jail Friday evening.



The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office and the Bear River Drug Task Force arrested two individuals after serving a search warrant at a residence in Malad on Thursday morning, Feb. 27.

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Lance Pendergrass and Karen England, also known as Karen Baty, were both charged with possession of a controlled substance after methamphetamines were found in the home. Both Pendergrass and England resided in the home, located at at 471 North 100 West.

Because the narcotics were discovered within reach of a young boy when the warrant was served, England was also charged with felony injury to a child.

Pendergrass and England were transported and held at the Bannock County Jail.



FLINT, MI — After being denied crystal meth, a man allegedly punched a pregnant woman in the stomach after beating her husband.

The woman’s husband told police around 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, that an acquaintance came to his home in the 900 block of Hubbard Ave. in Flint and asked for crystal meth.

The husband said he told the man he didn’t have any, and asked the man to leave and never come back.

That’s when the man allegedly punched the husband in the eye, splitting his skin and knocking him to the ground. The man continued punching him as he lay on the ground, a police report states.

When the 6-months-pregnant woman tried to break up the fight, the man punched her in the stomach, the report states.

She was transported to Genesys Regional Medical Center via ambulance.

No further information was released.


Railway police have arrested 11 suspects and confiscated 7.7 kilograms of methamphetamine from a criminal ring that has been running drugs from Guangdong Province to Shanghai and neighboring provinces, local media reported Saturday.

The majority of the suspects are Shanghai natives, which police said is unusual because much of the local drug business is run by people from other parts of China, the China News Service reported.

Police also confiscated 445,000 yuan ($72,400) in cash and 260 capsules of a stimulant called magu, which is a combination of methamphetamine and caffeine.

The ring sourced the methamphetamine from Guangdong Province and sold it in Shanghai and surrounding areas at prices up to seven times what they paid for it.

Police began investigating the ring when they arrested a man surnamed Fu, 59, from Baoshan district, on November 4 at a railway station in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, the report said. A patrol officer stopped Fu to check his identification and found he had a history of drug use.

The officer searched Fu and found 27 packages of a suspicious white substance in his bag and pockets. The substance turned out to be 198 grams of methamphetamine. Fu said he bought the drug from another dealer, according to the report.

While investigating Fu, police discovered an inter-provincial drug trafficking network. The ring transported the drugs on long-distance buses from Guangdong to Shanghai, where they would be distributed to different levels of middlemen and drug dealers, the report said.

The ring bought the methamphetamine for 80 yuan per gram and sold it for 500 yuan to 550 yuan per gram in Shanghai and Jiangsu Province.

One suspect, surnamed Wu, a Guangdong native who was responsible for transporting the drugs, rented an apartment in Huangpu district to serve as a warehouse, the report said. To protect himself from police, Wu used a counterfeit passport to sign the lease and didn’t use the apartment as a residence.

Police arrested Wu on December 12. They found a pistol, six bullets and a large amount of methamphetamine in the rented apartment. They also arrested two Shanghai natives, surnamed Shi and Yang, who distributed the drugs to dealers in Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces. When they searched Shi and Yang’s apartments, police found drugs stashed all over, including under the mattresses, in the refrigerators and inside the bedside tables.

The two men met in prison 19 years ago while Shi was serving time for drug trafficking and Yang was in for robbery.

MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (2/28/14) — A Muhlenberg County Sheriff’s investigation has led to the arrest of a Drakesboro woman on drug-related charges.

According to a Muhelnberg County Sheriff’s report, Sheriff Curtis McGehee and Deputy Brock Mefford conducted a “knock and talk” at 141 Hilltop Lane, Drakesboro, to speak with Julie Mackey.

Officers discovered 16 bags of crystal meth along with nearly $1,200 inside the residence.

Mackey was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance/meth and lodged in the Muhlenberg Detention Center in Greenville.

Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force Det. Troy Gibson assisted in the investigation.


When a Cass County woman was getting ready for work one day this week, she thought she heard something moving around in the attic above her bathroom.

      Nah, nothing, she decided, and left for the day.

But when she returned to her Peculiar duplex that evening, insulation particles had rained down on her toilet seat. She looked to the ceiling — and remembered the earlier noise.

Minutes later, her husband, having climbed into the attic, engaged in what court documents make sound like a tug of war for a camera cord running to the duplex unit next door. When the resistance from the other end stopped, the husband pulled it free. The cord had been cut clean.


Thus began the undoing of Gerald L. Campos, a 46-year-old man who told authorities after turning himself in that he craves excitement and has a constant desire to do things he knows are wrong.

Using a digital camera to spy on his neighbor in the bathroom apparently qualifies.

But that’s just one on his list of things that are wrong, according to court documents. In addition to the camera that Campos allegedly concealed behind the cover of an exhaust fan, officers also found in his attic a methamphetamine lab, photographs of nude juvenile girls and a rifle Campos wasn’t supposed to have because of a felony conviction.

Campos was charged Friday in Cass County Circuit Court with burglary, invasion of privacy, operating a meth lab, child endangerment, unlawful possession of a firearm and child pornography.

Bond was set at $100,000. His arraignment is set for March 6.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. —A Peculiar man is facing several charges after a camera was discovered above a vent in his neighbor’s bathroom.

Cass County prosecutors charged Gerald L. Campos, 46, with first-degree burglary, attempted invasion of privacy, attempting to manufacture a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a child, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of child pornography.

Authorities said deputies were called to a duplex in the 21500 block of South Soryl Avenue on Tuesday after a woman said she was in the upstairs bathroom of her home when she heard something in the attic area. The woman told investigators that she left for the day, but when she returned in the evening, she found insulation on the toilet.

According to court documents, the woman’s husband went into the attic to investigate and found a digital camera concealed behind an exhaust fan for the bathroom. The cord to the camera went through sheet rock that separated the man’s attic from his neighbor’s.

The man told investigators that he pulled on the cord and felt resistance, but after a short time, it let up and when he pulled the cord out, it appeared that it had been cut.

On Thursday, deputies issued a search warrant on the neighbor’s house.

According to court documents, investigators found a clandestine methamphetamine lab in the attic.

Authorities said they also found images of naked girls in the attic and a rifle.

Campos surrendered himself to authorities on Thursday morning. He was being held in the Cass County Jail on a $100,000.00 bail.

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. – A traffic stop led to the arrest of a pregnant woman and her two passengers on meth-related charges Saturday.

McCracken county sheriff’s deputies stopped 31-year-old Brandee Wallace, of Paducah, alleging she was not wearing her seat belt.

Deputies say they found several active meth labs in the car, along with meth residue and drug paraphernalia.

Wallace, whom deputies say consumed illegal drugs, faces child endangerment and meth distribution charges, as well as charges for driving on a suspended license and not wearing a seat belt.

The passengers, 36-year-old William Houston and 26-year-old Tina Shaw, both of Paducah, face meth manufacturing charges.

Shaw also faces possession charges.



MOUNTAIN GROVE, Mo – Five people were arrested Saturday morning after authorities discovered a plethora of meth labs on a property in Wright County.

Officials say 30 officers surrounded the property three miles west of Mountain Grove, where 95 labs were discovered in four different locations.

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Wright County Sheriff Glenn Adler states he has never seen so many labs during a bust and believes it could be the largest lab discovery in Missouri at one time.

Police state a two-year-old child, who was being exposed to the labs, was placed with the Children’s Division.

Along with officers from the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, police from Mtn. Grove and Hartville were also involved with the discovery. The South Central Drug Task Force, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Howell County Swat were also called to the scene.

Officials say the suspects are expected to face charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Manufacturing a Controlled Substance and Child Endangerment.




  • The ringleader, Neil Strong, orchestrated the plan from a Spanish villa
  • Meth lab was set up in the garage of an associate’s house
  • The four men were given a total of 11 years for conspiracy to supply drugs
  • Gang was caught just prior to making their first batch of methamphetamine
  • They had been under surveillance by the National Crime Agency
  • Planned to cook and supply Manchester with drugs worth £1.69 millio

A gang behind a multi-million pound ‘Breaking Bad’ style plot to flood the streets of Manchester with methamphetamine has been brought down.


The four man gang was caught attempting to set up a meth lab in a suburban home in Radcliffe, Bury, after officers from the National Crime Agency had been carrying out surveillance on them for months.

The lab was set up in the garage of a detached house on Woodvale Road, containing barrels of dangerous chemicals including sulphuric acid and methanol.



Neil Strong, 32, from Prestwich, was the mastermind of the plot, and orchestrated it all from his luxury villa in Alicante in Spain.

Strong was sentenced to four years in jail at Manchester Crown Court for conspiracy to supply methamphetamine.

His associates – Damian Vose, 38, from Radcliffe, Paul Cuthbert, 45, from Bury, and Daniel Pinder, 33, from Manchester – were jailed for 32 months, 30 months, and 30 months respectively.




Steve Baldwin, NCA Regional Head of Investigations, said: ‘The gang had no idea that they were under surveillance.



‘When the time was right we made our move and caught them in the act and I have no doubt they would have gone on to flood the streets with methamphetamine.

‘Drugs destroy communities and these men had no regard for the misery and damage they would have brought to the area.

‘But this investigation does not stop here as we are now working with our partners, both here and in Spain, to strip the culprits of their criminal assets.’

When officers raided the lab at Vose’s house in August last year, Strong, who had flown in to oversee the production process, and two of the crime group members were about to start cooking their first batch – estimated to be worth around £1.6million.

Strong tried to escape by jumping over a fence, but failed.

Cuthbert was found hiding in the undergrowth, while Vose was arrested inside his house.

Pinder however, had been arrested two months earlier.

Drug making paraphernalia such as chemicals, an electric mixer, scales, a 10-ton press, a vacuum packing machine were hauled from the house.

More presses were found at stables owned by Strong in Prestwich, and containers filled with chemicals were seized at his Spanish villa.



Assets including properties and a yacht belonging to Strong have been restrained as part of the financial investigation and a confiscation hearing is now due to take place.

Sentencing, Recorder O’Donohoe said: ‘This case represents a serious matter – the conspiracy to supply amphetamine, the wholesale value is in the region of £126,000.

‘The drugs were intended for onward supply which would have led to street-level dealing where it would have been adulterated, no doubt leading to vast profits of around £1.69m.’











While in the process of executing a search warrant at Harts, Logan County Sheriff Deputies, along with the West Virginia State Police, not only found evidence of a meth lab, but they also located a missing teenage female on Wed., Feb. 26.

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According to the complaint, officers executed the search at a residence on Smokehouse Road where they located ingredients used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine inside the trailer, but also meth lab items were found under the trailer in a duffle bag.

Charged with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab were Jarred Marshall Kinser, age 27, John Arthur Kinser, age 26, and Richard Lee Kinser, age 24.

Bail for John and Richard Kinser was set at $75,000.

Jarred Kinser was also charged with kidnap/conceal child and sexual abuse 3rd degree due to the fact that a 14-year-old female was found in his bedroom. The female, who had been reported missing from Cabell County, claimed to be Jarred’s girlfriend and stated that the two had engaged in sexual relations the day before. Jarred Kinser’s bail was set at $150,000, full cash only.

GULFPORT — An underworld that traffics meth has found its way to south Mississippi, with Mexican drug cartels sending small groups to handle the delivery of meth in its most potent form.

The addictive stimulant is known as Mexican meth, crystal meth or ice because of its appearance.

Hundreds of kilos of ice have been found here in the past couple of years and most of it is linked to Mexican drug cartels and their super labs, said Daniel Comeaux, agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Gulfport office.

“Drug cartels are trying to infiltrate different states and are setting up cell heads as distributors,” Comeaux said. “That’s what we are seeing here.”

The DEA has arrested about 20 cartel members in ice investigations in south Mississippi, he said.

Mexico is the main source of meth consumed in the United States, according to the Justice Department’s 2011 National Drug Threat Assessment.

Ice is made in super labs that bear no resemblance to sanitized manufacturing labs.

The influx in south Mississippi is in line with a DEA assessment that shows a shifting landscape nationwide and the possible effects of a 2010 Mississippi law that outlawed popular decongestants containing pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient used to make meth.

For years, mom-and-pop meth labs or bathtub labs flourished in south Mississippi, occasionally making headlines when the chemicals exploded and started a fire or injured someone.

Shake-and-bake labs then popped up, allowing meth makers to easily mix the ingredients in a plastic soda bottle, shake it and let it “cook” wherever they wanted to make it.

While pseudoephedrine products were available over the counter, meth makers used “smurfs,” different people to buy small quantities to avoid suspicion. After Mississippi banned over-the-counter sales of those products, people involved in making meth just drove across the state line to get that ingredient.

Since the law passed, reports of home meth labs, dump sites and related chemical and equipment finds have decreased dramatically. In 2010, 912 were reported to the El Paso Intelligence Center. There were 321 in 2011 and six in 2012.

A home meth lab can make a couple of ounces of meth, but a super lab can churn out 10 pounds of ice every 24 hours, according to a Government Accountability Office report to Congress.

Drug cartels know their super labs can meet the high demand for ice better than small-time meth cooks can.

Drug-trafficking groups aren’t in the business of drugs, Comeaux said. They’re in the business of making money.

“It’s all about dollars and cents,” he said.

Ice is said to be about twice as potent as homemade meth. Users say it takes a smaller amount of ice to get the “rush” the stimulant provides.

Users also are attracted to ice because of its appearance, Comeaux said.

“The super labs make it look crystal clear,” he said. “You can see straight through it like the rock candy we used to get when we were kids. Meth users look at it and say how clean it looks. The meth they get from mom-and-pop labs is a dark ivory-beige color.”

Shake-and-bake labs are on the rise in Pearl River County, Comeaux said, but ice remains the region’s key meth scourge.

Area law enforcement agencies also are seeing more ice and less homemade meth these days, said Troy Peterson, captain of the Coastal Narcotics Enforcement Team and the narcotics division of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office.

Ice sells for $150 to $200 a gram on the street, Peterson said. Just one ounce of it provides about 30 “hits” or doses.

Drug traffickers typically charge local suppliers hundreds of dollars or more for a pound.

Ice is generally smoked or injected but also can be swallowed or inhaled. Its effects can last for six hours, followed by difficulty in sleeping for several days.

Health experts say ice and other forms of meth can cause bizarre, dangerous behavior and debilitating physical and mental health problems.

The drug also rots teeth and makes addicts look years older.

Investigating drug runners and traffickers has become increasingly dangerous because of suspects’ affiliations with drug cartels and the possibility they are armed, Comeaux said.

That’s why drug agents perform surveillance and gather as much intelligence as possible before they orchestrate a take-down.

Local agents have been shot at when spotted at drug buys and have been threatened in messages passed on through social media and word on the street, but none has been wounded in recent years.

The danger isn’t something DEA agents take lightly, Comeaux said, especially when it comes time to plan a take-down that could put others in danger.

Take-downs often occur in restaurant or hotel parking lots, where agents find ice stashed in duffel bags, suitcases or hidden compartments built into or underneath vehicles. With a quick, pre-arranged signal after a drug transfer takes place, undercover agents rush in to make arrests.

In one recent case, ice was found inside fire extinguishers.

Other recent investigations also have led to the discovery of ice mailed to a Gulfport post office, shipped to a Gulfport condo and stored in a Waveland warehouse. In another case, a man used commercial vehicles to bring ice to Hancock and Pearl River counties.

Several drug runners prosecuted in the past year told drug agents they were paid $3,000 to $5,000 to deliver shipments of ice to south Mississippi. Most at first claimed they didn’t know what they were delivering or knew it was drugs but they didn’t know what type, and later accepted a plea agreement.

The arrest of a cartel associate in August 2012 is just one example of a DEA bust of a drug racketeering enterprise coordinated by a cartel member, Comeaux said. The arrest led to the seizure of 101.4 pounds of meth and put four people behind bars.

The DEA had received a tip that a woman from San Jose was in Gulfport and would be going to Mobile to meet with a meth transporter. Undercover agents followed Maria Guadalupe Mendoza, 37, to Mobile and witnessed the transfer of drugs in a fast-food parking lot next to a hotel. As the suspects drove away undercover agents split up, followed them and took them into custody.

Mendoza was a high-ranking member of Jalisco New Generation cartel, Comeaux said.

Jefferson Daniel Silver, 27, of Rialto, Calif., later admitted he had put the meth in a duffel bag and taken a cross-country trip with his mother, an over-the-road truck driver.

His mother apparently didn’t know they were hauling meth.

Mendoza, sentenced in July, is serving a prison term of 22 years. Silver was sentenced to 11 years and five months. Two other California residents also were convicted.



Federal officers said they found 96 pounds of methamphetamine during an inspection of a vehicle this week at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge.

The case resulted in the arrest of the driver and the estimated value for the seized alleged narcotics is listed at approximately $3 million.

The seizure occurred Tuesday at the bridge when U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers encountered a 2007 Ford F-150 driven by a 47-year-old U.S. citizen from Pelham, Ala.

CBP officers referred the man to secondary inspection. At secondary, CBP officers said they discovered a bulk container containing alleged meth within the pickup. The container and its contents of alleged crystal meth weighed in at about 96 pounds.

CBP officers seized the alleged narcotics and the vehicle. CBP officers also arrested the driver and turned him over to Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.

“CBP officers continually have to be vigilant and observant for the ever-changing means by which would-be smugglers attempt to bring illegal narcotics into the U.S. Their task is not simple but the assistance of the use of non-intrusive imaging systems, makes finding loads like this possible,” said Jose R. Uribe, acting port director of the Laredo Port of Entry. “Although seizing contraband is a by-product of CBP’s primary anti-terrorism mission, the result of intercepting drugs that could ultimately reach the streets of our community, deserves a hearty job well done.”



Once, Tennessee’s small towns and cities had hope.

Sometimes there wasn’t enough work for everyone to make a good living. A dry spell might make it a tough year for the local farms. And sure, things could get boring. It’s all a part of living in a small town.

But at least the towns were not ravaged by drug addiction and crimes committed to feed that addiction. The sickness of methamphetamine has gripped Tennessee by the throat and won’t let go.

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A series beginning in today’s Tennessean took journalists into some of these communities, from Dyer County on the Mississippi River to Carter County in the mountains bordering on North Carolina. Meth production has evolved from the labs in shacks in the woods to “shake and bake” operations you can carry in a soda bottle, and that portability has spread this wretched and deadly drug through every county in the state.

Meth is so insidious in its level of addiction and damage to the user’s body that it puts pain pills and heroin to shame. Its chemistry is so volatile that if using the drug doesn’t maim or kill you, being around those who manufacture it will. There is a whole industry built around hazardous cleanup of meth-lab sites.

The addiction causes the family and friends of addicts to lie, steal and cheat to help them get a little more crank. Meth cooks hire homeless people off the streets and turn them into “smurfs” to supply them with the over-the-counter ingredients to keep production going.

And it keeps on going — aided by a pharmaceutical industry campaign to prevent lawmakers from approving a prescription requirement for certain cold medications.

Law enforcement officials, who are on the front line of meth crime and cleanup in counties such as Dyer and Carter, have made thousands of arrests, often having to turn meth-world cronies against each other in order to catch the biggest cooks. And still they will tell you that they will not be able to significantly reduce meth’s presence in their communities until the supply of ingredients is cut off.

Pharmaceutical lobbyists tout current systems designed to restrict the ability of meth makers to obtain ingredients, but they cause no more inconvenience to purchasers for illegal use than for legal use. Their dollars go into lawmakers’ campaign pockets to prevent restrictions that would actually be effective against this scourge.

We invite you to read this three-day series in detail to learn about what meth does to the brains of its users, along with the endless medical problems it causes when survival is even an option.

A prescription requirement might be an imposition for some law-abiding people. How much of an imposition is the $1.6 billion every year that Tennesseans pay for health costs of meth users, cleanup of lab sites, crimes committed by meth dealers and users, and for the hundreds of children who end up in state custody because they are abandoned or abused by their meth-addicted parents?

Don’t think for another moment that you can say you are a Tennessean and this is not your problem, too. We all have a meth problem.