After she was found slumped over the steering wheel of a running vehicle early Monday morning, a woman was jailed on a number of drug-related charges, including possession of methamphetamine.

Officer Pam Bell said she was patrolling near Water and Keetoowah at around 2:40 a.m. when she spotted a Toyota Tacoma parked in the alley. Bell said she’d seen the vehicle about an hour before, in the same location, parked with its lights on.

As she approached the driver’s side, Bell noticed the Toyota was running and a woman was slumped over and passed out. Bell said she opened the door to check on the woman and noticed a glass meth pipe on the floor board, next to the driver’s feet.

The woman – later identified as Randi Sanders – awoke and got out of the vehicle, but was unsteady on her feet and had to use the Toyota for support, Bell reported.

Sanders told Bell the pipe did not belong to her, and that a male friend had driven the truck.

According to Bell, Sanders had slurred speech and her lips were covered in a white film; she also smelled of alcohol, the officer reported.

Sanders allegedly confessed to taking a Clonazepam at around 8 p.m. the night before her arrest.

During a search of Sanders’ purse, a clear baggie with a substance that appeared to be meth was found, along with a cut straw and residue, and several pills. She was booked into jail for actual physical control-drugs, possession of controlled dangerous substance-meth, possession of CDS without a valid prescription, and possession of paraphernalia.



State police discovered a meth lab in Clayton after a man cooking the drug accidentally set fire to his detached garage Tuesday night, authorities said.635949261936878667-James-F_-Sparks

Local fire departments were called at about 6:50 p.m. Tuesday for the report of a garage fire in the 200 block of Downs Chapel Road, Master Cpl. Gary E. Fournier said. As fire officials were searching the garage, they found equipment and component mixtures used in the manufacturing stages of methamphetamine, Fournier said, as well as key ingredients needed to make the drug.

Detectives with the Delaware State Police Kent County Drug Task Force were then called, as well as the state fire marshal’s office, Delaware Natural Resources (DNR) and the Little Creek Fire Company. Three residents on the property were also evacuated and the road was closed for about two hours while officials determined if there was an “immediate hazard,” Fournier said.

Police were able to determine that 36-year-old James F. Sparks, of Clayton, was in the process of making meth Tuesday when combustible materials used to make the substance blew up in a bottle and started the blaze in the garage, Fournier said.

He was not injured in the explosion and was transported to Troop 3 in Camden. Police charged him with operating a clandestine laboratory.

Lacking $20,000 secured bail, he was taken to Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna.

The state fire marshal’s office also charged him with second degree arson and three counts of reckless endangering. A secured bail of $8,000 was set on those charges.



A 36-year-old local woman, who Kingston Police say was caught with a quantity of crystal methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $85,000, is facing charges after an investigation and arrest by the Kingston Police Drug Unit last week.1297819553166_ORIGINAL

At about 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 23, the drug unit arrested Melissa L. Pask on Garrett Street for possession for the purpose in trafficking in a controlled substance. Police say she was found with approximately $10,000 worth of crystal methamphetamine in her possession while being searched. When officers continued their investigation at a nearby address, they said a larger quantity of the substance, worth almost $75,000, was found inside the residence.

The drug was contained in multiple plastic bags and other items normally used in drug trafficking, such as a digital weigh scale and smaller dime bags. Multiple cellphones with various SIM cards were also seized.

Pask was transported to police headquarters, lodged in cells and later attended a bail hearing where she was remanded into custody. She is also charged with two counts of breach of an officer-in-charge undertaking.



LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Officials announced on Wednesday that a second round of arrests in a drug trafficking organization have been made.

Operation Ice Storm is an investigation into drug trafficking in Van Buren County. The early-morning raid led to arrests of 18 federal defendants and 20 state defendants on charges involving conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, and use of a communication facility to facilitate drug trafficking.

18 of the 19 defendants named in a federal indictment are in custody, with one defendant still at large in California. Three of the federal defendants were already in state custody on separate charges, and eight state defendants are still at large. United States Magistrate Judge J. Thomas Ray will hold initial appearances for the federal defendants on Thursday.

Operation Ice Storm began in January 2011 with an investigation into Jeffery Weaver and multiple other co-conspirators. The first phase of Operation Ice Storm resulted in the arrests of 54 defendants on state and federal charges on September 24, 2014.

Out of the 34 defendants who were arrested on federal charges, 21 have pleaded guilty or are scheduled to plead guilty, and two remain fugitives (James Knott and Isaac Jauregui-Estrada). As a result of this first phase, law enforcement determined that Anthony Silva, Wesley Harrison, Trey New, and the other named co-defendants were also responsible for distributing large quantities of methamphetamine in the Van Buren County area.

During the second phase of Operation Ice Storm, investigators used numerous law enforcement actions, including multiple undercover operations and court-authorized wiretaps.

In total, the second phase of Operation Ice Storm resulted in the seizure of approximately 123 pounds of methamphetamine, one pound of heroin, multiple firearms, and approximately $138,000 in drug proceeds. The defendants charged are responsible for distributing or possessing hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine in Van Buren County.

In Wednesday morning’s operation, approximately 8.5 pounds of methamphetamine, 52 grams of heroin, 16 firearms, and $24,085 in drug proceeds were seized.

The federal indictment, unsealed on Tuesday, was handed down by a Grand Jury on March 2. The indictment charges 19 defendants in 15 separate counts. The counts include conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, and the use of telephone to facilitate a drug trafficking crime.

If convicted of conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine each defendant will face a sentence of not less than 10 years to life imprisonment.

The investigation and prosecution of this case is a coordinated effort through the David G. Wilhelm OCDETF Strike Force and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA), and was conducted by the DEA and the 20th Judicial District Drug Task Force with assistance from several law enforcement agencies including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), Arkansas State Police, 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force, and the Central Arkansas Drug Task Force.

The total arrests are listed below.

Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine:

  • Anthony Silva
  • Wesley Harrison
  • Trey New
  • Cody Moses
  • John Paul York, AKA JP
  • William Eugene Jackson, aka Hog
  • Michael R. Phillips
  • John Barker
  • Rodney Holmes
  • Robert L. Wheeler, Jr.
  • Jerrod Roberts
  • Heather Parks

Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine but less than 500 grams:

  • Tabbi R. Phillips
  • Edward Aaron Andrews
  • David Joseph Bernard
  • Cassidy Lorene Moses
  • Jodie Moses
  • Shelby McKay

Possession with intent to distribute more than 5 grams of methamphetamine actual:

  • John Paul York, AKA JP
  • Cassidy Lorene Moses
  • Patricia Zarychta

Possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine actual:

  • Jodie Moses

Possession with intent to distribute less than 50 grams of methamphetamine:

  • Michael R. Phillips
  • Tabbi R. Phillips

Use of a communication facility to facilitate a drug-trafficking crime:

  • Wesley Harrison
  • Trey New
  • William Eugene Jackson, AKA Hog
  • Michael R. Phillips
  • John Barker
  • Rodney Holmes
  • Edward Aaron Andrews
  • Robert L. Wheeler, Jr.
  • Jerrod Roberts



A woman whose body was found in the James River on Tuesday was wanted in connection with an explosion at a methamphetamine lab in western New York state, police there said Wednesday.Briscoe

Amy Sue Briscoe, 36, died after she was swept away by the current while wading in the river with a man about 10 a.m. Tuesday, Richmond police said.

Police in Hornell, N.Y., had been looking for Briscoe and boyfriend Harold Warner, 27, after a meth lab explosion Feb. 19 at an apartment there, according to a story on the website of The Evening Tribune, a newspaper in Hornell.

Hornell police officer W.T. Murphy confirmed in a phone call Wednesday that the woman who died in the James River was the same woman wanted by his department.

Murphy said officers in Hornell think the man rescued Tuesday is Warner. Richmond police have not released the man’s identity.

According to The Evening Tribune, Warner and Briscoe were wanted for second-degree unlawful manufacture of meth.56fd4c554f1e0_image

Investigators said the explosion occurred when an inordinate amount of pressure built up in a container as Briscoe and Warner were cooking meth, the paper reported. After the explosion, witnesses told The Evening Tribune that Briscoe was on fire as she fled the apartment house.

“She was walking down the street on fire with black smoke just smoldering off of her … as if that was a normal thing to do,” Regina Brockway, who lived in the apartment below the explosion, told the paper

Police in New York learned recently that Briscoe and Warner could be in Richmond.

“About three weeks ago we got information that we felt they were in Richmond, Virginia,” Hornell police Chief Ted Murray told The Evening Tribune. “We actually contacted Richmond and gave them the information we had so they could be on the lookout for them.”

Warner has family in the Richmond area, Murray said.

Briscoe and Warner are believed to have been staying in a makeshift camp on the river.

“There’s an area where people live on little islands in the river. They suspect they may have been staying in a tent on one of those islands,” Murray told The Evening Tribune.

Several witnesses told Richmond police that Briscoe and the man she was with were carried downstream and over the low-head dam near the Manchester Bridge.

The man was able to make it to shore, but Briscoe was trapped by the hydraulic current immediately below the dam. Her body eventually floated free and came to rest on a rock downstream.

The Richmond Fire Department’s Swift Water Rescue Team recovered Briscoe’s body about 11:30 a.m. The man was treated for hypothermia.

The medical examiner will determine the exact cause and manner of death.

Richmond police caution that while the days may be getting warmer, the river remains chilly — and powerful.

“As warmer weather approaches, the James River will become a busy place, but people need to be aware of the dangers,” Chief Alfred Durham said. “Everyone needs to respect the power of the river with its cold, swift-moving water. A moment’s inattention or a bad decision can be a life-threatening mistake.

“Be mindful out there,” Durham said.



RICHMOND, Va. — A suspect in the Friday, Feb. 19 meth lab explosion and fire at 9 Olive Place in Hornell has been found dead after apparently drowning in the James River in Richmond, V.A.drwoning

The body of Amy Sue Briscoe, 36, was pulled from the James River by the Richmond Fire Department’s Swift Water Rescue Team on Tuesday morning, shortly after 10 a.m. She had been spotted with a man believed to be her boyfriend Harold Warner, 27, who is sought by Hornell city police for felony second-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine.

Richmond Police released the following statement on Wednesday, after the recovery of Briscoe’s body from the James River: “Several eyewitnesses have told RPD detectives that Briscoe and another man were wading in the water along the south shore of the James River when they were apparently swept away by the current and carried over a low-head dam near the Manchester Bridge.

“The man was able to make it to shore but Briscoe was trapped by the hydraulic current immediately below the dam. Her body eventually floated free and came to rest on a rock downstream.”

Richmond Police detectives were later able to identify the victim as Briscoe. The Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the exact cause and manner of death, authorities said.

The man rescued at the scene, who is thought to be Warner, was being treated for hypothermia.

Hornell Police Chief Ted Murray, who had been in contact with Richmond Police, said that the death looks to be accidental.

“We were notified Tuesday evening that she was found in the James River in Richmond, Va.” Murray said. “They think she had somehow fallen into the river.”

After searching for the couple locally, Hornell Police became aware that they were in or around the Richmond area.

“About three weeks ago we got information that we felt they were in Richmond, Va. We actually contacted Richmond and gave them the information we had so they could be on the lookout for them,” Murray said.

Briscoe and Warner are believed to have been staying in a makeshift camp on the river.

“There’s an area where people live on little islands in the river. They suspect they may have been staying in a tent on one of those islands,” Murray said.

Investigators learned that the couple may have gone to Richmond to seek help from Warner’s family living in the area.

At the time of her death, Hornell Police were working with Briscoe’s mother, who lives locally, to bring a resolution to the case.

“This certainly isn’t the resolution we were looking for. A young girl lost her life and my condolences go out to her family,” Murray said.

According to investigators, the Feb. 9 explosion occurred when an inordinate amount of pressure built up in a container as Briscoe and Warner were cooking up meth. After the explosion, witnesses told The Evening Tribune that Briscoe was on fire as she fled the apartment house.

Samantha R. Beyea, 30, of 9 Olive Place, the single person arrested by police, was charged with second-degree criminal manufacturing of meth, three counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, and endangering the welfare of a child.



Five people were arrested Tuesday on drug-trafficking charges after federal agents served warrants along the Arkansas-Oklahoma border.

The yearlong investigation called Operation True Grit netted more than 60 pounds of methamphetamine, said Mike Keene, supervisor of the Fort Smith office of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Keene said the methamphetamine came from Mexico, through Texas and California, before reaching Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Keene said four Oklahoma residents were arrested Tuesday in Arkansas. David Lemmon and John Spencer were arrested in Crawford County, while Jill Bradley and Che Tidwell were arrested in Fort Smith.

Keene said a man named Michael Robinson was arrested Tuesday in Texas in connection with the drug-trafficking ring. Another man, Tanner Thompson of Arkansas, was already in custody, said Keene.

According to a Sebastian County Circuit Court filing, Tanner Ray Thompson, 21, was charged March 3 with criminal mischief, manufacturing “meth cocaine,” possession of “meth cocaine” with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Keene said he didn’t have ages or other information on those arrested in Operation True Grit on Tuesday.

Keene said all of those arrested will be charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, and some will face additional drug charges.

Keene said Lemmon, Spencer, Bradley and Tidwell were arraigned Wednesday in federal court in Fort Smith, but little information regarding those cases was available late Wednesday.

A federal court docket on did show that David Hurl Lemmon pleaded innocent Wednesday and is scheduled for a jury trial on June 6 in federal court in Fort Smith. He is charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Arrest warrants and pre-trial reports in the case were still under seal late Wednesday.

Keene said weapons were confiscated during the drug raids, but no weapons charges are being pursued at this time.

Keene said the agency has five outstanding warrants for people in California connected to the same drug-trafficking operation.

Keene said other federal agencies assisted with the investigation, as well as the Arkansas State Police, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and sheriff’s offices in Arkansas and Oklahoma.



SHAMOKIN — Flames shot out of the second story of a home at 24 E. Sunbury St. Monday night, endangering a half dozen row homes in an address that was the sight of a inactive methamphetamine lab last week.

The three alarm fire, one of two fires within an hour or each other, drew firefighters from Shamokin, Coal Township, Mount Carmel, Sunbury and a host of other fire companies just after 8 p.m.56f9d77378024_image

The second fire, which started just before 9 p.m., destroyed the interior of a trailer home on Vindale Avenue in the Montandon Trailer Park.

The mother and son who lived there were OK, but one of their two cats died in the fire.

In Shamokin, firefighters stood on neighboring rooftops and in buckets of aerial trucks to drench the home while thick black smoke filled the neighborhood.

Firefighters were ordered to evacuate the building at one point.

Police scanner said all residents were out of the building during initial emergency call.

An inactive methamphetamine lab was discovered last week at the same address, where Shamokin police tracked Joshua Reichenbach, 33, a wanted man who allegedly fled to the attic following a brief scuffle with a patrolman.

Seven used plastic bottles with chemical residue, open packs of cold medicine, lithium batteries and household cleaners were among the paraphernalia discovered inside the house. Those are components for the “one pot” cooking method to produce methamphetamine, according to Shamokin police.

Firefighters were still on the scene just past 10 p.m., a Northumberland County 911 dispatcher said.

Fire units from Milton, Lewisburg, Potts Grove and Turbot Township were called out for the 8:52 p.m. Montandon alarm, according to a Union County 911 dispatcher.

Firefighters still were on the scene of that fire at 10 p.m.


SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – A man sentenced to life in prison for making and selling methamphetamine in Springfield will be released from prison this summer, one of 61 drug offenders whose sentences President Obama commuted Wednesday.3c734b47-0cc4-4c47-8cba-b7d3475586eb-large16x9_1280x960_16033006W9IDL

George Michael Gray, now 63, was sentenced to life in prison in July 1995. He will be released July 28, 2016, from the federal prison in Sheridan, Ore., after serving more than 21 years behind bars.

Gray was sentenced on charges of conspiracy to manufacture, possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine; manufacture of methamphetamine; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; and possession of firearm in connection with drug trafficking offense.

The president also commuted the sentence of Christopher Michael Wright, now 42. Wright was sent to prison in May 2006 for conspiracy to manufacture and distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine in Elmira, Ore.

Wright was scheduled for release from the federal prison in Sheridan in July 2020. He will also be released July 28, 2016.



Kaitlyn Werk had only been in her new house on Cleveland Street for a few days before things got weird. The back door she always locked seemed to open on its own, and the light in the unused storage room was notorious for flipping on when Werk wasn’t looking.

Werk, 20, had four roommates, and the first days they spent in the house were filled with friends and booze, a finale to a summer spent partying before another fall semester at the University of Montana.56f59e50b1dc0_image

Anyone could have unlocked the door to exit for a smoke break. Anyone could have found the storage room and taken a private tour. On this particular night, Werk was drained from a day spent floating the Clark Fork River. She didn’t have the energy to worry about ghosts.

When Werk woke up on Aug. 24, 2015 at 3 a.m., a stranger was standing over her bed watching her.

“My friend Stephanie used to live here,” the woman said to Werk when she opened her eyes. “I’m just checking the place out.”

Still half asleep, Werk could only see the outline of the small woman, maybe 90 pounds, standing at her bedside. Werk tried to stay calm. Maybe this woman was a friend of her roommate’s. Maybe she was just a drunk, lost college kid.

“Do you have an attic? I think there are people outside looking for me.”

Werk drowsily pointed the woman in the direction of her walk-in closet, or maybe the bathroom, and explained that she had just moved into the house and didn’t know where the attic was.

“Take a look around,” Werk said. “Let me call my roommate and see if he knows.”

As the woman wandered into Werk’s bathroom, Werk called Blake Osborne, the only other roommate sleeping in the house that night, and begged him to come downstairs.

Werk ran to meet him at the bottom of the basement stairs, starting to snap out of her sleepy haze.

“What’s going on?”

“There’s someone in my room.”

Osborne, 22, and Werk ran outside to call 911. Within minutes, Osborne said the Missoula police arrived with four patrol cars and five cops.

After a full search through the house, complete with yelling and flashing lights, the cops came out empty-handed. They told Osborne and Werk the back door was open, so the woman must have escaped.

Sleep was out of the question, so Werk called her mom to tell her the story. She advised her daughter to go into her room with Osborne and make sure the woman didn’t steal anything.

Before the roommates could check inventory, the Missoula police called Werk and said they picked up a woman in the neighborhood who fit the description Werk had given after the failed search.

When the cops showed up with the suspect, Werk hid behind a truck and got a good look at her. They had the wrong person.

Osborne and Werk went back inside, preparing to go back into the basement. Osborne grabbed a spare shower curtain rod from the laundry room.

“Just in case anybody pops out at me,” Osborne joked. He thought the house was safe. After all, the police had just searched the place up and down.

With the lights on in Werk’s room, she and Osborne found that nothing was stolen, but all the sweaters in her closet had been thrown on the ground. There was a pair of someone else’s wedges at the end of Werk’s bed, and a scarf in the corner she had never seen before.

Osborne glanced around the room before dropping to his hands and knees to look under the bed. Like a dad pretending to look for a monster but expecting to find nothing, he slowly lifted the bed skirt and peeked under, jolting as Werk screamed above him.

When Osborne swung his head up from under the bed, he was face to face with a woman who looked “like a meth billboard times 10” coming out of Werk’s sheets, clawing at his face.

Osborne’s first thought was to grab the woman and sit on her. It would have been easy. But as he pushed her away with the shower rod, he noticed the scabs and open wounds scattered across her arms and face. Osborne decided to avoid touching her at all costs.

Werk was already in the other room calling 911.

After a short shoving match, the woman threw Werk’s laptop at Osborne, giving her time to kick out the screen of the window and crawl outside to escape.

When the cops arrived again, they searched the house with Werk and Osborne, who found sunglasses and jewelry on the kitchen table next to a fresh glass of water. There was also a purse and jacket by the back door.

“Is this stuff yours?” Osborne asked Werk.

It wasn’t.

In the purse, Osborne said the police found a small bag of meth, syringes and pill bottles with a woman’s name on them. Osborne said the police recognized the name and said she was a “known tweaker.”

The police were unable to find the woman until she was caught stealing and arrested at Wal-Mart months later. One of the employees who caught her is a close friend of Osborne’s.

Osborne said police also found holes drilled into the air vents of the house and a trash can tucked away in a cubby that held respirators, soldering tools and a red substance that smelled like sulfur — scrapings from match tips is a common ingredient in meth.

They also found garbage and people’s belongings in the house’s crawlspace between the basement and main floor. That explained the voices Osborne and Werk’s roommate Kevin Curran heard but could never find when he was living in the house alone earlier that month.

Police later told Werk the woman, like many meth addicts, probably returned to the house because she had done meth there in the past.

As Werk would soon discover, meth hadn’t just been smoked in her house, it had been manufactured there. Werk had no idea her new, five-bedroom house was once host to a meth lab and, according to Montana law, her landlord had no legal obligation to tell her it was. It’s almost impossible to prove if Werk’s landlord knew about the meth contamination.

Because of Montana’s haphazard laws regarding meth-contaminated properties, people all over the state are unknowingly living in homes that have toxicity levels hundreds and even thousands of times over the legal limit. It’s these homes that go uncleaned and unnoticed for years that can cause serious harm.

Werk and Osborne’s parents asked their landlord, John Hirsch, if there could have been a meth lab in the house. Osborne said the landlord seemed “freaked” by the accusation. Hirsch said even if he knew the house was contaminated with meth; there wasn’t much he could do for the tenants.

Osborne’s dad immediately called Lee Yelin, president and founder of Water Rights, Inc., to test the house for meth contamination.

Yelin has been sampling and cleaning meth-contaminated properties for years and his results have helped many families successfully pursue agencies that failed to disclose the presence of meth toxicity in court.

When Yelin walked into the Cleveland Street house on Aug. 28, Osborne said he took one look around and determined the home was once a lab.

“I can smell it and all the signs are here,” Yelin said according to Osborne.

The test came back positive for 1.9 micrograms of meth per 100 square centimeters of surface material. The legal limit of meth toxicity allowed in a house in Montana is .1 micrograms per 100 square centimeters.

Although Osborne and Werk’s house was contaminated 190 times the legal limit of meth toxicity, Yelin said this amount is rarely harmful.

“I wouldn’t let my grandkid in there until I cleaned it and painted it,” Yelin said. “But that unit doesn’t scare me at all.”

According to a 2009 study by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, meth toxicity in a home begins to affect people’s health at about 1.5 micrograms per 100 square centimeters, which is why 1.5 is the legal limit of toxicity in California. Yelin said many states have their limits set at .5 while others allow each county to decide their limits.

Montana’s limit is set so low because the other laws around meth-contaminated homes are so lenient, Yelin said. But cleaning a meth contaminated home down to .1 micrograms of meth per 100 square centimeters is costly and unnecessary when meth toxicity isn’t harmful until 150 times that amount.

It is also difficult to clean these homes, Yelin said, because he can’t legally use various chemicals and cleaners that other states can, including household bleach. Yelin said he and his crew usually use Dawn dish soap, and vinegar with steel wool to decontaminate a meth house.

When Osborne, Werk and their three roommates discovered their home was contaminated with meth, they found a new house and broke their lease with Hirsch.

The five are in the process of suing their former landlord for their security deposits with the help of ASUM Legal Services, but they can’t sue him for leasing out a meth-contaminated home.

“According to the law, if he is going to withhold any amount of our security deposits, he needs to give us a list of what the damages are and give us a 24-hour period to remedy those issues,” Osborne said. “He never did that or gave us any money back.”

Although Yelin said many people are often successful in getting their money back — landlords would rather pay people to shut them up than deal with the $30,000 hassle of cleaning a meth-contaminated house — Osborne and Werk’s landlord probably won’t be charged for not disclosing that the house was toxic.

According to Montana House Bill 60, if a property has not been deemed by a law enforcement agency as a meth lab, it does not have to be listed on the Department of Environmental Quality’s website that lists meth-contaminated homes in Montana.

Even if the contaminated home has tested positive for meth, Yelin said the only agencies who have authority to put the property on the DEQ’s website are law enforcement. If a home is not on the DEQ’s list, the landlord does not have to tell their tenants the property has been home to a meth lab. Yelin said this includes close to 90 percent of all contaminated homes in Missoula County.

House Bill 60 says a property owner shall “notify in writing, before agreement to a lease or sale of the property that is known by the owner to have been used as a clandestine methamphetamine drug lab, any subsequent occupant or purchaser of that fact if the property has not been remediated by a certified contractor to the standards established by the DEQ.”

But if the house was never busted by law enforcement, or even if it was busted, but before 2005, it’s not on the DEQ’s list and it’s nearly impossible to prove that a landlord knew the property was once a meth lab. Once a home has been cleaned, it is removed from the DEQ’s list.

Yelin said in most states, if a home tests positive for meth, it is shut down and boarded up until it’s cleaned.

In many cases, Yelin said meth-contaminated properties will be rented out for years before it causes a problem. Meth has to be digested or dissolved through skin in order to impact a person’s health, so it rarely affects adults.

“A lot of these properties are rented and everything is fine. It’s been 12 years since the bust, five different renters and everything is going along fine,” Yelin said. “Then somebody comes in with a toddler and the toddler gets sick. Everything goes in their mouths. That’s the only time we start hearing about these good lawsuits.”

In one Montana Supreme Court case, a family moved into a new home that was busted as a meth lab in 2002. When the family discovered their home was a former lab, they moved out, left all their contaminated possessions behind and sued Lewis and Clark County law enforcement.

Although the law enforcement agency legally didn’t have to put the home on DEQ’s website because it was busted before 2005, the jury ruled in favor of the family, awarding them almost $600,000 in restitution and damages.

Renters currently live in Werk and Osborne’s old meth-contaminated home, which is not on the DEQ’s list of toxic homes.

Yelin said the biggest issue with Montana law is that homes where meth has been smoked out of foils and pipes over a long period of time are not reported and listed on DEQ’s website.

Those homes are some of the most toxic, yet only former meth labs are reported.

“Until we start putting the properties where people smoke on the list, we’re never going to get a handle on this,” Yelin said. “We don’t see as many labs in Montana because most people are buying it and bringing it into the state as opposed to making it.”

Yelin said the most toxic home he has ever tested was just off Russell Street and had 365 micrograms of meth per 100 square centimeters. That’s 3,650 times the legal limit. That home is still not listed on DEQ’s website.

“It is a huge epidemic that everybody is ignoring,” Yelin said.

Meth cases prosecuted in Missoula County are up 15 percent from 2014, and 137 percent from 2013, according to the Missoula County Attorney’s Office 2015 report.

Jason Marks, chief deputy county attorney, said the obvious reason there are more meth cases in Missoula is because of the increase in availability of meth in the community.

Although the recent effort to stop production of meth in the U.S. was largely successful, Marks said the drug is now being trafficked into the country.

“Now we have a flood of meth coming in from Mexico,” Marks said. “The regional Task Force is very focused on this issue, which is why we’re seeing a lot of cases.”

While many adults living in meth-contaminated homes remain unaware and unharmed, Osborne and Werk were not.

Werk said she woke up in terrors thinking someone was in her room for most of fall semester. She would turn her lights on and search her entire bedroom. Osborne said Werk still won’t do laundry in the basement unless another roommate is home.

“As soon as the case is over,” Osborne said, “I’m going to make sure everybody in this valley knows that landlord’s name and knows what a shitty person he is, because he rented that house back out after he knew it was a meth lab, and we know he didn’t do the mitigation necessary to clean it up.”

But Hirsch said he did clean the house. After Osborne and his roommates left the house, Hirsch said he paid thousands of dollars to have the home decontaminated before leasing it to the current tenants. He did not provide documents to confirm this.

Hirsch also said he feels badly about what happened to the students and agrees that Montana’s meth laws need to be changed for everyone’s sake.

“It certainly is a horrific problem,” Hirsch said. “There are some challenges and things that certainly need to be addressed on how it’s treated. It affected me miserably as well, between the thousands of dollars and a lot of heartache and sleepless nights.”

Osborne still hasn’t gotten his security deposit back, though, and said he thinks Hirsch assumes Osborn, Werk and their roommates will eventually give up the fight.

“We’re not going to,” he said.



(ABC 6 News) — A traffic stop resulted in an arrest after police say they discovered nearly one pound of methamphetamine.

A police officer stopped 34-year-old Bonnie Sutton for erratic driving around 3:10 bonnie-suttonMonday morning. Police say they discovered 28.5 grams of meth in the vehicle.

During their investigation, police learned that she had a room at the Rodeway Inn on the edge of Austin.

Police chief Brian Krueger said police executed a search warrant on a room at the motel and discovered another three-quarters of a pound of meth.

Investigators say the meth could be worth approximately $45,000 on the street.

Sutton was taken to the Mower County Jail to await formal charges.



A Payson woman has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs when she fatally injured an 8-year-old boy riding a skateboard earlier this month.

Tabatha Ann Magoon, 37, was charged Friday in 4th District Court with second-degree felony automobile homicide and class A misdemeanor use of methamphetamine for the dt_common_streams_StreamServertgegedeath of Kaydon Delroy Sillitoe.

The felony count is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. An initial court appearance was set for Tuesday.

On March 20 at about 2:35 p.m., Sillitoe was struck and critically injured while riding his skateboard in the intersection of 1000 West and 680 South in Payson.

Charging documents state that Magoon made a right-hand turn to go west at the intersection, but took the turn wide and ended up left of center in the eastbound lane, where Sillitoe was riding his skateboard in the street.

Magoon’s car drove over the boy, who died shortly after his arrival at Mountain View Hospital in Payson.

A urine test showed the presence of amphetamines, methamphetamine, opiates and Oxycodone in Magoon’s system, charges state.

She later told police she had smoked methamphetamine earlier that day, charges state.



ASHEVILLE – A 19-year-old man was arrested Monday and charged with raping a 15-year-old in January and delivering a controlled substance to the minor.

Justin Harley Goode, 19, of 49 Hidden Acres Drive, is accused of raping a minor on Jan. 29 and delivering methamphetamine to the victim, according to arrest warrants with the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office.

Goode is charged with one felony count of selling and delivering controlled substances to a minor and one felony count of statuary rape of a child age 16 years or younger but older than 13 years of age, arrest warrants state.

The warrant states Goode, at the time of the offense, was more than four years but less than six years older than the victim.

Bond was set at $180,000 secured. Goode also faces four misdemeanor charges of violating his probation, pushing his bond to $200,000 secured.



MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Two women from the Twin Cities are accused of being involved in the possession and sale of methamphetamine in Little Falls, according to charges filed Monday in Morrison County Court.

Sara Harrison, 28 of Minneapolis, was charged with one count of second-degree fyukfuckpossession of a controlled substance in the case. Jamie Tapia-Morrow, 30 of Brooklyn Park, was charged with first-degree sale of a controlled substance in the case.

According to the charges, officers with the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force assisted the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension after it was learned a woman identified as Tapi-Morrow would be selling methamphetamine to a confidential informant. An investigation showed she would be meeting the informant for the sale at a Walmart in Little Falls. Officers later learned the purchase would actually take place at a Holiday gas station on the east side of the city.

The complaint states officers on surveillance duty watched the informant get into the suspect vehicle, which traveled around the city and several businesses before ending up back at the gas station and the informant get dropped off. The informant confirmed with officers that they had purchased methamphetamine from Tapia-Morrow.

The complaint states during the purchase, another woman entered and exited the suspect vehicle with five children.

According to the complaint, the suspect vehicle was stopped on Highway 10 in Morrison County and the drive was identified as Tapia-Morrow. The passenger was identified as Harrison. They were both arrested for participating in the sale of methamphetamine.

Harrison admitted to police that she was in possession of methamphetamine and that it was in her vagina. A female correctional officer did a search and recovered the bag. It tested positive for about 14.4 grams of methamphetamine. An investigation showed the drugs sold to the informant tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed about 27.3 grams.

If convicted, Tapia-Morrow faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine. Harrison faces up to 25 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.



Two people have been charged with possessing precursor chemicals to make methamphetamine, said Iredell Sheriff Darren Campbell.

Avery Michael Bostian, 23, of Deepwater Lane and Samantha Marie Ewart, 18, of Rockwell were charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of 56f980e7ad3fb_imagemethamphetamine precursors. Bond was set at $20,000 for each.

Campbell said the charges were the result of a traffic stop Friday near the Iredell-Alexander line. Deputies, he said, discovered what appeared to be an active mobile meth lab inside the car.

The area was sealed off and detectives with the Iredell County Narcotics Investigation Unit, who are specially trained to handle methamphetamine labs, responded to the scene. They deemed the chemicals located in the vehicle safe in their current state, Campbell said. The items were used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, he said.

After a search of the vehicle, two bags of methamphetamine were located, Campbell said.

Bostian and Ewart were arrested.



GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.– Sex, drugs, and alcohol are just a few pressures our young high school and college students face on a regular basis. That’s why Grand Junction Police are inviting parents and their kids to have an open conversation next week. GJPD hosting sexual assault discussion for parents, students

“You see it more now with people bringing in drugs and methamphetamine busts,” said mother Denise Heizer. “It’s out there. You have to really make your kids aware of what’s going on.”

Heizer witnessed the effects of sex, alcohol and drugs in her daughter, and said they are becoming all too common among our youth.

“One of my older daughters got into the wrong crowd and got mixed up with some stuff…so yeah, you see it,” Heizer said.

Police said reports show sexual assault is often linked to drug- and alcohol involved situations.

“It’s a problem,” said Grand Junction Police Department information officer Heidi Davidson. “We don’t want it to be. We want to believe our kids are making good decisions and so many of our kids are, but what we need to be prepared for are those complicating factors.”

Sexual assault is a tough conversation to have. However, it’s a talk police want parents to have before it happens to their child, to help them recognize dangerous situations.

“It’s also important for our youth to be able to protect themselves and the people they care about by making decisions that can affect them for the rest of their lives,” Davidson said.

Parents said it’s scary, when the influence of mom or dad outweighs pressures of a child’s friends or classmates.

“Alcohol, drugs, things like that, are all things that they can get into or be peer pressured into, causing them to want to experiment with things,” Heizer said.

Which is why GJPD is working with parents and their teens, to empower our youth to stand up and be strong, while offering tips to keep our youth safe.

“Anytime young people are going out as a group, they should have a designated decision maker,” Davidson explained, as something she learned in last year’s meeting. “Someone who is sober, who is not going to be drugs and is making sure they are being accountable for themselves and the group of friends around them.”


“Sex Assault: A Frank Discussion” will be held at the Grand Junction Police Department on Wednesday, April 6th. RSVP to, or by calling (970)549-5114.



A northwest suburban man is facing several charges after officers busted a meth lab Monday in his room at a north suburban hotel.

Martin P. Bloomberg, 40, was charged with possession of meth manufacturing material, possession of meth, aggravated participation of meth production, aggravated meth bloombergmethmanufacturing, possession of meth precursor, participation in meth manufacturing, possession of pills and possession of false ID, all felonies, according to Illinois State Police.

Officers from the Lake County Metropolitan Enforcement Group were tipped off that there was a methamphetamine lab at the Comfort Suites at 1775 E. Belvidere Rd. in Grayslake, police said.

The suspect, later identified as Bloomberg, told investigators he had meth and meth precursors in his hotel room, and officers also learned there may have been anhydrous ammonia in the room, police said.

The hotel was evacuated as Grayslake police and fire officials, and the ISP Meth Response Team cleaned up the scene.

Bloomberg, a Palatine resident, was taken to Lake Forest Hospital after making suicidal statements, police said.

He was treated and released, and on the way to the Lake County sheriff’s office, he began hitting his head against the inside of the squad car and again making suicidal statements.

He was taken to Vista Hospital for evaluation, treated and released, and was taken back to the sheriff’s office, where he is being held pending a bond hearing.



An investigation into a multi-state drug ring is believed to have led to the largest-ever single seizure of methamphetamine in Southern West Virginia, according to federal authorities.$1M in meth recovered in WV busts

About 13 pounds of methamphetamine was recovered inside the spare tire of a vehicle parked outside a Huntington hotel on March 18, according to court documents. A source close to the investigation said that is the largest amount of meth recovered at one time in the Southern District of West Virginia.

About a week later, on Saturday, law enforcement officials in South Charleston pulled over two women whom they say were driving from Los Angeles. Nearly 6 pounds of meth was recovered in the stop, according to charging documents filed against the women.

In all, eight people have been charged in federal court in Charleston with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

The total street value of the meth seized in the two busts is close to $1 million, the source estimated.

Jose Alonso Morales, also known as “A,” Miguel Tafolla-Montoya, Miguel Alejandro Robles-Ibarra and Marcos Antonio Bojorquez-Rojas were charged last week by criminal complaints in federal court.

According to the complaints filed against the men, a person who had been receiving meth to sell from Morales started cooperating with law enforcement in January.

The informant allegedly said he or she would get the drug from Morales, or others working with him, and then distribute it in and around Kanawha County.

The informant helped police set up the bust in Huntington earlier this month, an FBI agent wrote in the complaints.

Morales allegedly told the informant that a female driver would be delivering 10 pounds of meth to Huntington on March 18. She would leave it in a blue Kia Sportage that was to be parked in a lot outside the Super 8 Motel on Hal Greer Boulevard, the complaints state.

Morales allegedly instructed the informant to exchange the spare tire in the Kia with another spare tire. The informant allegedly told Morales that they would send a friend to pick up the meth.

On March 18, an undercover law enforcement officer went to the Super 8, located the Kia and exchanged the tires. Inside the tire, the complaints state, the officer found 10 packages of meth hidden inside. It was determined to be about 13 pounds, the charging documents state.

A warrant for Morales’ arrest was issued. Meanwhile, he allegedly told the informant, who he thought had picked up the tire, that he would arrive in Huntington on the morning of March 19 to obtain payment.

The informant owed $125,000 to Morales for the meth, the complaints state.

Law enforcement arrested Morales at the Coach’s Inn, in Huntington, on March 19.

In separate criminal complaints filed Monday, an FBI agent wrote that law enforcement began working with another informant on March 19.

That informant allegedly told them that Rafael Garcia Serrato and Cesar Garcia “are involved in a large-scale drug distribution network, which has been distributing crystal methamphetamine and other drugs in the Southern District of West Virginia and elsewhere,” the federal filing states.

The informant has gotten drugs directly from Serrato and Garcia, he or she allegedly told law enforcement officials, and also has participated in the collection of drug proceeds with the men. Those proceeds would be split between the three of them, an affidavit written by an FBI agent states.

On March 20, the informant placed phone calls to Serrato to arrange for him to send drugs from Los Angeles to Charleston — about 10 pounds of methamphetamine and two kilograms of heroin, the federal filing states.

Serrato allegedly indicated that Garcia would arrange the details of a delivery of meth and heroin to West Virginia.

Garcia told the informant that two women would drive the drugs from California to Charleston, and that he would fly from Los Angeles to Huntington on March 25 to collect the proceeds, the filing states.

Danielle Dessaray Estrada and Rachel Arlene Garay, who allegedly had told the informant they would arrive in Charleston on Saturday evening, were pulled over by police in South Charleston on Saturday.

The women were placed under arrest and five large packages containing nearly 6 pounds of meth were found in their car, charging documents against them state.

Law enforcement then located Garcia in a hotel in Huntington and arrested him.

On Monday, Serrato, who is Garcia’s father, was arrested in Los Angeles.




FALFURRIAS, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector seized more than $4.3 million worth of methamphetamine Friday at the Falfurrias Checkpoint on U.S. Highway 281 North.

Agents said a man approached the checkpoint in a commercial moving truck. During an immigration inspection, a Border Patrol K-9 alerted agents to the truck. Agents found 113 bundles of meth, with a weight of nearly 140 pounds, hidden inside the truck.

The case was referred to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

“Our priority is to keep our communities safe,” said Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla Jr. “Through hard work and constant vigilance, our agents stopped this dangerous drug from reaching our streets and possibly our children. Drug smugglers are callous individuals with no regard for the danger narcotics pose to our communities.”



DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Deputies in Isabella County said they arrested a naked man who was running in and out of traffic and claimed to be on meth at the time.

Sheriff’s deputies said several 911 calls were made by drivers who saw the man running through traffic on M-20 Saturday afternoon. Deputies said they later learned the man attempted to get into two vehicles driving in the area. A family of four, including a 3-year-old child and 3-month-old infant were in one vehicle. A woman in another vehicle told authorities the man was yelling at her while fondling himself.

When police arrived, the 32-year-old man refused orders to get on the ground and approached a deputy who attempted to tase the man.

The taser missed and the suspect walked aggressively toward a second deputy who successfully tased the man, according to a release from the Isabella County Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities said the man was “aggressively resisting” arrest after being brought down to the ground and later told deputies he was on meth.

The man’s name is not being released until his arraignment.




DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP, MI — Police on Saturday, March 26, arrested a man they say ran naked through traffic and attempted to enter two occupied vehicles.

Isabella County sheriff’s officials allege the man, whom deputies arrested after twice deploying a Taser, said he was under the influence of methamphetamine.

Sheriff’s deputies about 1 p.m. Saturday responded to reports of a “disorderly, naked man” running in and out of traffic in the area of West M-20 and Winn Road in Deerfield Township, according to an Isabella County Sheriff’s Department news release.

Deputies learned the 32-year-old man, whose name is withheld pending charges and arraignment, attempted to enter two vehicles that were traveling in the area, the release states. The first vehicle was occupied by a husband, wife, a 3-year-old child, and a three-month-old infant, the release states.

The driver refused to open the door despite the naked man’s demands, drove away, and called 911, police stated. He told authorities the man fell and that he may have run over his foot, the release states.

The release alleges the naked man approached another vehicle and yelled at the female driver while grabbing his penis.

When deputies found the man, they commanded him several times to get on the ground so they could safely restrain him, but he refused and began to walk away, the release states. After taking a few short steps, he turned toward one of the deputies and started walking toward him, the release states.

A deputy told the man he would use a Taser to subdue him if he did not comply, police stated. The man then told the deputy to use the Taser, the release states.

The deputy deployed the Taser “after failed verbal attempts and aggressive behavior,” but it did not make adequate contact with the man and did not have any effect on him, the release states.

The man then began to aggressively approach the second deputy, the release states. The second deputy deployed his Taser, bringing the man to the ground, police stated. Both deputies attempted to handcuff the man, who was aggressively resisting, the release states.

During the struggle, the man told them he was on methamphetamine, the release alleges. Eventually, deputies restrained him in handcuffs and placed him in the rear seat of a patrol unit. After the man banged his head on the windows, deputies restrained him further to protect him, the release states.

The deputies were not injured during the altercation, but one suffered damage to his uniform, the release states.

A deputy and a Michigan State Police trooper checked the man’s residence, which was located nearby, the release states. They entered the home “for health and safety reasons” and found a broken window, an open door, a “large sum of cash” and a cell phone on the ground, the release states.

Medical personnel transported the man to a McLaren emergency room for evaluation and injury assessment, the release states.



  • Sydney man Peter Gardner faces execution in China for drugs
  • The former building worker will soon learn if he will get the death penalty
  • Drug smugglers face the firing squad for more than 50g of heroin or ice
  • Gardner was carrying a massive 30kg of ice in superglued suitcases
  • The 26-year-old told a Chinese court he thought he was carrying steroids
  • Gardner flew to China last year with Sydney girl Kalynda Davis, 22
  • After secret negotiations Ms Davis was freed and flew home in 2014

Sydney construction worker Peter Gardner will soon learn if he is to face death by firing squad for trying to smuggle $25 million of methamphetamine in suitcases through Guangzhou Airport in China.


Gardner, 26, has been in a Chinese prison since he was arrested in November 2014 trying to board a flight to Australia with his then girlfriend, 22-year-old Sydney woman Kalynda Davis.

The pair, who had met via the dating app Tinder, were arrested after airport officials found 30kg of ‘ice’ packed in 60 ziplock bags inside two suitcases which had been superglued shut.

Last year, Mr Gardner faced trial where he pleaded not guilty to smuggling ice. He is due to hear the verdict and his sentence in April, Fairfax News reported.

A court in Guangzhou, southern China hear he thought the suitcases contained peptides, which are legal, but prosecutors said that his DNA had been found on the packaging around the drugs.2863E29500000578-3071215-Ex_Sydney_cop_Larry_Davis_and_his_daughter_Kalynda_pictured_crie-m-41_1430968555860

Mr Gardner and Ms Davis made international headlines after her father, former NSW police officer Larry Davis, flew to Guangzhou and with the help of Australian Foreign Affairs minister Julie Bishop, managed to secure his daughter’s release.

Strictly confidential diplomatic talks convinced Chinese officials that Kalynda Davis had known nothing about the suitcase contents and saved her from the possible death penalty.

Ms Davis, who had been held in Guangzhou women’s detention centre where she was shackled and had her long blonde hair cut into a prison bob, was freed and and returned home to Sydney with her father on December 9, 2014.

Consular efforts on behalf of Mr Gardner, who had lived in Sydney for 18 years but was still a New Zealand citizen, were unsuccessful.

Death by firing squad is the fate drug traffickers face if they attempt to smuggle more than 50g of heroin or methamphetamine, as China cracks down on its drug problem.2863E2C400000578-3071215-image-a-42_1430969093423

The 30kg of methamphetamine found in Mr Gardner’s suitcases was the largest single haul of ice headed overseas ever seized by Guangzhou customs.

Mr Gardner told a Chinese court during that trial he had believed he was carrying steroids, which were legal.

A panel of three judges heard that he had previously made a journey in September 2014 to bring back the legal, performance-enhancing peptides.

He returned in November with Ms Davis after the pair had travelled to New Zealand and then flown to Guangzhou where they spent three days in the city before boarding the flight to Sydney.

He said he had paid his supplier around $13,000 for a peptides and tanning agents which were popular among Sydney football players and bodybuilders.

Gardner told the court he was assured by an Australian man named ‘James’ that the packages contained steroids.

Gardner said the man told him to go to Guangzhou’s Hilton Hotel where he was to be greeted by two Chinese men.

The men dropped off the two black suitcases containing the drugs at the hotel where Gardner and Davis were staying, just hours before their flight home.

Each bag was zipped shut and sealed with superglue, which meant Mr Gardner hadn’t checked the contents, but he was unconcerned.

‘It should have been peptides,’ he said. ‘I was stupid. I thought it was so easy. I got ahead of myself,’ a tearful Mr Gardner told the hearing which was attended by his parents, Russell Gardner and Sandra Cornelius.

Prosecutors rejected his argument, saying it was ‘against common sense’ that Gardner would not check the bags for his goods having spent the money he claimed.

Further, his DNA was found on the packaging around the methamphetamine. Gardner’s lawyer Richard Zhang said customs officials had contaminated the evidence.

‘I’m really sorry, I really regret it… I have broken the law and there’s no getting out of it,’ Mr Gardner said.

Mr Gardner is among at least eight Australians detained in southern China after allegedly being caught up in international drug networks, against which the Chinese Government has launched a crackdown over the last 18 months.

Chinese authorities have recorded a sharp increase in the arrest of foreigners involved in drug crimes, with figures from 2013 showing that a total of 1,963 foreign drug suspects were arrested and 5.9 tonnes of drugs confiscated.2863E26F00000578-3071215-image-a-25_1430966512038

The Chinese Ministry of Public Security’s narcotics control bureau put down the increase down to the cheapness of drugs like ice in provinces like Guangdong, where foreign drugs gangs were active.

Many of the incarcerated foreigners are African nationals, but among them are inmates from many other countries, including the Australians who are being assisted by the Australian Consul General in Guangzhou.

Guangzhou is the capital of Guangdong province, which is notorious for being the meth manufacturing hub of China.

On the streets of Guangzhou, where Mr Gardner and Ms Davis spent three days in November 2014, African sellers commonly approach foreigners to trade drugs, a source told Daily Mail Australia.

Following Mr Gardner’s arrest, his former school friends described him as a gentle, friendly guy. He has an unblemished criminal record in NSW, apart from a drink driving charge.

‘He is a really great guy, really caring, nice and softly spoken, I guess he just got tangled in a bad way of life,’ one friend from Richmond High School said.

‘Every time I talked to him he was always genuine and never seemed like he would get involved in that.’

Following his 2014 mercy dash to collect his daughter from her Chinese prison and fly home, Larry Davis described his the relief and the horror.

‘When I saw her for the first time, I just collapsed,’ he told the Western Weekender. ‘She kept saying “I’m sorry Dad, I didn’t do it, I didn’t do it, I didn’t do it”.

‘Her and I are close, as close as any father and daughter could be. I never once thought that she had done anything wrong. When we hit the tarmac in Sydney, we both just cried.’


The Iron/Garfield/Beaver Narcotics Task Force arrested a Cedar City woman after she allegedly sold methamphetamine to an informer.

Chantel Jensen, 28, was charged Wednesday with felony distribution of methamphetamine.635945954956632310-Chantel-Jo-Ann-Jensen

The sting began when an informant contacted the task force and said a controlled buy could be set up, according to the probable cause statement filed in the case.

“The informant was searched for contraband — no contraband was found,” the arresting task force operative wrote in the statement. “The informant was given recording equipment and a pre-determined amount of task force money for the controlled buy. The informant was given a ride to the area of the controlled buy by IGBNTF agents.”

The informant arrived at the undisclosed Cedar City location while under supervision by task force operatives by way of GPS coordinates, court records stated. “The informant met with Chantel Jensen and gave her the pre-determined amount of task force money,” the agent wrote. “A few minutes later the informant was given a white crystal substance which was consistent with methamphetamine. Once the controlled buy was completed, surveillance was done on the informant until we met at a pre-determined location.”

The substance tested positive for meth, according to court papers.

“The informant was positive that it was Chantel Jensen that set up the sale of methamphetamine and the one that was given the money,” according to the statement. “The recording equipment was collected and the informant was released.”

Jensen was booked into the Iron County Jail on $10,000 bail.



A Kingston woman remained in jail Sunday without bond after being accused of having a stolen pistol and methamphetamine.56f8abbadcf05_image

According to Floyd County Jail reports:

Mende Maureen Wilson, 40, of 59 Old Rome Road, was arrested Saturday at 8:13 p.m. on Youngs Mill Road after police found methamphetamine, a glass pipe and a stolen pistol in her possession.

Wilson is charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and theft by receiving stolen property and misdemeanor possession of drug-related objects.



SANTA PAULA, Calif.– Authorities in Ventura County say a 29-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty after allegedly swinging a rabbit around by its ears then lighting it on fire.

Police in the city of Santa Paula say the suspecttold investigators Saturday that the rabbit was already dead when he found it and that he lit a piece of paper on fire, not the animal.524769_1359890057369785_1357131536988773887_n

The Ventura County Star newspaper reports veterinary technicians at the Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center determined the rabbit died of blunt force trauma to the head.

In additional to felony animal cruelty, Lemus could also face charges including arson, possession of drug paraphernalia and being under the influence of methamphetamine.

It wasn’t immediately known if the Santa Paula resident has a lawyer.




Press Release

On March 26, 2016 at approximately 7:52am, Santa Paula police officers were dispatched to the area of the 200 block of March St. for a call of a male subject swinging a rabbit in the air by its ears, and then lighting it on fire. The male subject then fled the area on a bicycle. Officers located a subject matching the suspect’s description in the 300 blk S. Steckel Dr. The subject was identified as Juan Lemus, age 29 of Santa Paula. Lemus told officers that he found a rabbit in the street and was already deceased. Lemus told officers that he lit a piece of paper on fire, and not the rabbit. The rabbit was subsequently found in a dirt lot, lying next to a pile of smouldering paper. The rabbit was transported to SPARC for evaluation. The veterinary technicians examined and x-rayed the rabbit. It was determined the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head. Lemus was taken into custody for 597(a)PC- Animal Cruelty, 451PC- Arson, and 459PC- Burglary. Upon being taken into custody, Lemus was found to be in possession of a methamphetamine pipe, and was also charged with 11364(a)HS- Possession of Drug Paraphernelia. An evaluation of Lemus was also conducted to determine if he was under the influence of a controlled substance. The evaluation showed that he was under the influence and was arrested for 11550(a)HS- Being Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance. Lemus was later transported to Ventura County Main Jail.

The Santa Paula Police Department would like to thank the Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center for their assistance in this case.

If anyone has information regarding a missing rabbit, please contact Det. Sgt. Madison at (805) 525-4474 x220.



MISSOULA – A spike in crime involving children has the Missoula District Court struggling to keep its head above water.

Officials say the violence and neglect can be linked to methamphetamine abuse.

“There’s been a fairly dramatic rise in criminal cases and even more, more dramatic increase in child abuse and neglect cases,” said Montana Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike McGrath. “Frankly, its related to drugs — methamphetamine abuse in particular.”

The backlog is attributed to a spike in child abuse and neglect cases because they jump to the top of the court’s priority list and often take a long time to prosecute.

The rise in child abuse and neglect cases is linked to a surge in methamphetamine abuse over the past several years. The Missoula District Court filed 83 child abuse and neglect cases in 2009, but so far this year, the number is at 215.

“This child abuse and neglect increase, its affected every part of the criminal justice process, from law enforcement to prosecutors, to judges, everybody is working at capacity, and until we get the cause of the problem under control, we’re going to continue to see things operating at a loss,” Missoula County Attorney Kirsten Pabst said.

Child and abuse and neglect cases take priority, followed by juvenile delinquency cases, general criminal cases then adult cases. Not until all these cases are prosecuted are civil cases are heard. Pabst says some people wait years.

The state legislature will address the shortages in the next session.



Two transient individuals were arrested by Provo police officers Friday morning after reportedly being found with methamphetamine and sleeping in a stolen car.

Police reports indicate a Provo police officer was dispatched Friday morning to the Boulders Apartments on a report of two individuals sleeping in a stolen Mitsubishi Spyder, reports state.56f59b1ec204d_image

The officer arrived on scene and when he ran the plates, the plates were listed for a car under a different make, model and color, reports state. When officers verified the VIN, the vehicle itself was listed as stolen, reports state.

The officer woke up the two individuals in the vehicle, reportedly Whitney Hubert and Jeffery Cowles, and handcuffed them outside the vehicle. As Cowles, 27, was escorted out of the vehicle, police report seeing a glass pipe with residue in the driver’s seat.

Police contacted the vehicle owner, who confirmed they knew Cowles and said that he wasn’t supposed to have the vehicle, reports state. Cowles told police he found the vehicle, knowing it was stolen, because the victim told him to look for it, reports state.

However, Hubert, 28, gave a different story that contradicted Cowles’s.

Hubert was searched and a syringe cap was found inside her bra. Hubert told police the cap came from a syringe she used the night before to shoot up meth, reports state.

Hubert was booked into Utah County Jail on suspicion of one second-degree felony charge of receiving a stolen vehicle and one class B misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Cowles was booked on suspicion of the same charges, and another class A misdemeanor charge of meth possession.