CEDAR RAPIDS — A Taco Bell restaurant on busy Blairs Ferry Road was closed for much of the day Tuesday after authorities said they found components for making methamphetamine stashed inside.Bell restaurant on busy Blairs Ferry

Cedar Rapids police arrested two men, one of them an employee, on meth-related charges.

In a statement, the restaurant corporation said the incident was “unacceptable” but “isolated.”

“The employee has been terminated and our franchisee is considering pressing criminal charges,” the statement said.

Officers went to the fast-food restaurant, 2621 Blairs Ferry Road NE, at 4:42 a.m. to check out a suspicious person report, said Cedar Rapids public safety spokesman Greg Buelow.


The Taco Bell was closed at the time, but officers encountered two men outside, one who said he worked there.

Police then called the restaurant’s manager to the scene and went with him inside to check it out, Buelow said.

Officers found remnants of a meth lab in a utility area, he said. But it was unclear if meth had actually been cooked in the restaurant.

Christopher Adam Matous, 31, faces charges of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of sodium hydroxide and petroleum distillates, police said. Two of the charges are felonies.

Kent Jerome Duby, 56, faces a charge of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, a felony.

The parking lot of the restaurant was taped off Tuesday morning as officers wearing hazardous materials suits examined materials outside. Several vehicles were inside the area that was taped off.

According to its website, the Taco Bell had been scheduled to open at 7 a.m. to serve breakfast. A sign posted at the restaurant predicted it would reopen Tuesday evening.

“The restaurant will reopen after it has been sanitized and inspected by the Health Department,” the company said in its statement.


LUBBOCK COUNTY, TX (KCBD) – It is the most pure form of crystal meth and Lubbock County Sheriff Kelly Rowe said it is right here in Lubbock.8483670_G

Crystal Methamphetamine is a onetime addiction drug. It’s a type of drug if your kids get hooked on it, you might as well kiss them goodbye because you probably won’t get them back,” said Sheriff Rowe.

He said crystal meth is the biggest threat facing this area.

“It’s coming in in such a high degree of purity; it’s right out of the Breaking Bad series,” Sheriff Rowe said.

In the television series Breaking Bad, the main character prides himself in making meth that is 99.1 percent pure.8483885_G

“We just got test results in a couple of days ago from a load that was 100 percent pure. None of us have even seen that before,” Sheriff Rowe said.

Sheriff Rowe says his department seized 800 percent more crystal meth in 2014 than 2013.

“We know we are going to see significant increases with regard to the amount of addiction and everything that comes with it,” Sheriff Rowe said.

Like robberies, increased public healthcare costs to treat addiction and overdoses, and violence. Violence, Rowe said, that extends from kidnapping and torture to murder.

Something a Lubbock County Detention center inmate said he has seen first-hand.8483890_G

“Red” is an admitted gang member whose agreed to speak with us as long as we agreed to protect his identity.

“I seen a guy take out a gun and he shot the guy like four or five times, like point blank range and everybody scattered. I found out later that the reason why they shot the guy was because of a 10 dollar rock that he had sold the guy that was fake dope,” Red said.

Red said he was nine-years-old when he witnessed that shooting. He joined a gang a year later. Now, he is in the Lubbock County Detention Center, behind bars, where he has spent most of his life.

“Somewhere in the neighborhood of 60 percent of the 1200 inmates housed in the Lubbock County Detention Center are in there today for an addictive related offense,” Sheriff Rowe said.

Sheriff Rowe said cartels are utilizing street and prison gang members to do most of their distribution.

“Red” said things have changed.

“In my generation it was more about actual gang banging, like fighting and shooting at people, and you know the gang culture. And these gangs don’t really, the violence that is attributed to them is not, no longer has to do anything with color, but turfs and neighborhoods, and the distribution of drugs and trying to impress the cartel into messing with them, and supplying them with the drugs to sell,” Sheriff Rowe said.

“To see it this concentrated and then to look at how these organizations are structured, how fast they can set up, we take one day, they are right back up and operational within a couple of weeks. It’s a very organized and they have every determination in the world to get that product out and delivered,” Sheriff Rowe said.

“It is widely considered that Lubbock has become a very lucrative drug market,” Sheriff Rowe said.

Sheriff Rowe is asking county commissioners for more than 1 million dollars in extra funds.

That money would be used to expand staff to help increase intelligence and identify drug distributors.

Rowe said until the border is secured, the drug problem with continue to grow.

Commissioners did not make a decision on Rowe’s request, as they are still working on the budget for the next year.


Police in Ho Chi Minh City said they have just cracked a methamphetamine ring and arrested five suspects.

The ring smuggled drug from Hai Phong City in northern Vietnam into HCMC before selling them to small drug dealers, the police alleged.drug_RNNF

The alleged ring leader, Nguyen Xuan Ngoc, was arrested in early June by the police of Binh Thanh District who had followed the ring for several months.

Ngoc, 36, reportedly reached for his pistol in an attempt to resist arrest, prompting officers to fire a few warning shots.

The police found 5 kg of methamphetamine hidden in his apartment in District 7.

Four of his accomplices, including a woman and three man, were arrested when they were delivering drug to dealers at different locations in the city.

Ngoc was convicted once for drug smuggling.

Investigation is on-going.


A teenage tourist faces drugs charges after $1 million of methamphetamine was found hidden in soup packets at Auckland Airport’s cargo centre.

Police began investigating after a courier package containing a kilogram of methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of $1m, was found at the cargo centre on July 24.1438775717629

Customs found the drugs hidden in four soup packets, spread across two sachets to each packet, and concealed in a courier parcel from Macau destined for an address in Johnsonville, Wellington.

Wellington organized crime team head Detective Senior Sergeant Tim Leitch said the soup was delivered to the intended recipient in the northern suburb, with Customs and police following closely behind.

Police arrested an 18-year-old Chinese national, who was in New Zealand on a visitors’ visa, on July 31,  Leitch said.

He is due to appear in court in Wellington on Friday, charged with importation and conspiracy to supply the class A drug.

Leitch said the drugs were detected at the border due to Customs’ “excellent border security”.

A controlled delivery provided an opportunity for authorities to try and determine not only the recipient, but also those further up the supply chain, he said.

“The harm methamphetamine causes to our community is huge and our staff are committed to targeting those who involve themselves in this kind of offending and hold them to account.

“We will be working closely with our international partners and sharing intelligence in an attempt to identify all those involved in this offending, both here and in Hong Kong.”


A 24-year-old Bowling Green man charged with third-degree rape referred to the 15-year-old girl runaway he is accused of having an unlawful relationship with as “my old lady.”

The man identified in police records as David Kyle Kawai, 308 Cherry Way, was charged Saturday with custodial interference, first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor (illegal controlled substance), third-degree rape, criminal littering, disorderly conduct and public intoxication (controlled substance), according to police and online Warren County Regional Jail records.55c0e2f0225c0_image

Kawai was arraigned Monday in Warren District Court. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday.

A man called the Bowling Green Police Department on Saturday to report several suspicious people in the area of Wakefield and Covington streets. The caller said a man wearing a tank top and blue jean shorts appeared to be under the influence of something. He was with a female who had her hair pulled back in a bun.

The caller said the man was going through trash. Police contacted the man they identified as Kawai. He was “sweating profusely and agitated,” according to police records. Kawai had gone through several trash cans and had trash scattered in multiple driveways. He showed signs of “excited delirium” and was taken to The Medical Center, police records show. Once he was medically cleared, he was taken to jail, where he is being held on a $25,000 bond.

Witnesses told police Kawai was seen with a 15-year-old girl who was entered into a national crime database as missing May 3. Kawai initially told police he was never with a female.

Police found the girl nearby and took her to The Medical Center to be evaluated. She had several cuts on both arms and legs and large bruises on her arms. She implied to police that the bruises came from a fight with Kawai. She told police he was nice to her when he wasn’t under the influence. Kawai referred to the girl to jail staff as “my old lady,” according to police records.

The girl told police she ran away from home often because she is addicted to methamphetamine, and she ran away May 3 to be with Kawai. She told police she used meth daily and had injection marks on her arms, records show. Hospital staff confirmed to police that the girl had illegal controlled substances in her blood, according to police records. Those records do not identify the substances.

The girl denied dating Kawai, but said she stayed with him in his bedroom. She also told police she was not a victim of sexual violence and said the physical aspect of their relationship was consensual.

Third-degree rape is not forcible rape. Anyone under age 16 cannot consent to sex with another person who is 21 years old or older.


MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY (KFVS) – Three people in McCracken County, Kentucky were arrested after officers executed a search warrant on Friday morning.

Ricky Tynes, Jr., 34, of Paducah, was charged with first degree trafficking – methamphetamine second offense, possession of a first degree controlled substance – heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.8471547_G8471545_G

Brittney F. Huff, 24, of Paducah, was charged with possession of a first degree substance – methamphetamine, possession of a first degree controlled substance – heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kyle W. Bouland, 29, of Providence, was charged with public intoxication (excludes alcohol) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department, on July 31 detectives executed a search warrant at 10:07 a.m. in the 6000 block of Carl E. Drive.8471549_G

Deputies say they found Bouland outside of the home getting into a vehicle. He was arrested for allegedly being under the influence of drugs. Deputies say they also found a used syringe in the vehicle he was driving.

Detectives found Tynes and Huff, both residents of the home on Carl E. Drive, inside.

During a search of the home, detectives say they found and seized numerous loaded syringes that contained heroin, digital scales, smoking pipes and more than 14 grams of crystal methamphetamine.

Deputies say the seized meth had an estimated street value of $1,400.

Tynes and Huff were also arrested.

Deputies say Tynes was on felony parole at the time of his arrest for a prior conviction for trafficking in a controlled substance.

Tynes, Huff and Bouland were taken to the McCracken County Regional Jail.

The McCracken County Sheriff’s department was assisted by detectives with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department.


A meth lab was uncovered after cops in Ohio spotted a 1-year-old boy chewing on charcoal and walking alone around an apartment complex.

Police responded to reports about the lone youngster at Independence Ave. in Akron on Sunday, according to Fox 8 News.charcoal5n-2-webcharcoal5n-1-web

They located the infant, who had black stains on his mouth, and noticed an open apartment door.

The officers found the child’s 25-year-old mom Heather Sandau and her boyfriend Nicholas Anton, 23, asleep upstairs.

Cops believed there was a strong chemical smell coming from the property. After returning soon afterwards with a search warrant, they reportedly found an active meth lab.

Anton was arrested and charged with illegal manufacturing of meth, illegal assembly of meth, child endangering, possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sandau was not at the home when cops returned. A warrant has been issued for her arrest on the same charges.

The boy was taken to Akron Children’s Hospital for evaluation. He currently remains in the custody of children’s services.


Police in Akron, Ohio discovered a meth lab while responding to reports of an unsupervised child who was seen eating charcoal.

Heather Sandau and Nicolas Anton, both 25, were arrested Sunday night in connection with the incident. Both are charged with child endangering, felony drug possession, and illegally possessing chemicals used for methamphetamine, Cleveland.com reported.

Police were responding to a report of a 1-year-old who was seen eating charcoal. Inside the home police found a meth lab, as well as syringes used for other drugs.

Heather Sandau was identified as the toddler’s mother.

Anton, Sandau’s boyfriend, was previously sentenced to 10 months in jail in 2011 for theft, eight months in 2013 for attacking an acquaintance and 10 months in 2014 for possession of methamphetamine and forging checks.

Both are expected in court Monday.

The toddler was taken to the hospital for evaluation and is in state custody, according to Fox 8.


MASON CITY | A Mason City man whose efforts to abstain from drugs and get his life back together were detailed in a 2008 Globe Gazette article was arrested last week on a felony drug charge.

Tyrel James Finger, 35, was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, a Class B felony, as well as possession of marijuana, third or subsequent offense, an aggravated misdemeanor.

If convicted on the meth charge, he faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.55bff8c802890_image

A Cerro Gordo County deputy located Finger, who was wanted on a warrant for failure to appear on a driving-while-barred charge, on Friday shortly before midnight in Mason City, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office. He was on a bicycle in the 700 block of North Adams Avenue.

Finger fled the deputy, first on the bicycle and then on foot, the press release stated.

The deputy arrested Finger in the 300 block of Eighth Street Northwest.

Upon his arrest Finger was found to be in possession of several packages of suspected methamphetamine, suspected marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a scale, packaging and cash, according to the press release.

The total weight of the packages containing suspected methamphetamine was well over 5 grams, according to the criminal complaint.

Finger also was charged with interference with official acts, a simple misdemeanor.

The Mason City Police Department assisted at the scene.

Finger is being held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail on $104,000 cash bond.

The Globe ran a story on Dec. 28, 2008, detailing efforts by Finger, who began using drugs as a teenager, to stay drug-free. He had recently found a full-time job, was enrolled in a substance abuse rehab program and was attending church with plans to be baptized.

The Globe published a follow-up story on March 8, 2009. By then Finger, a single father, had gained full custody of his 2-year-old daughter, who had been in foster care. However, he had also been laid off from his job.

In the article Finger said he was trying to turn his life around because of his daughter.

“I can’t give up,” he said. “It’s not just my life it affects, it’s (Hailea’s),” he said. “She deserves the best chance at life she can have.”


Chamblee police early Tuesday were looking for a man who was allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine in a room at a Clairmont Road extended-stay hotel.

Firefighters responding to a predawn alarm call at the Extended Stay America in the 3100 block of Clairmont Road “found that the fire alarm was going off in Room 120,” Chamblee police Capt. Ernesto Ford said.

Ford said that as firefighters approached the room, a man came out holding a bag, and they saw smoke coming from the room.chambleemeth

“They confront him, ask him where the smoke is coming from, what he was doing in the room,” Ford told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“He claimed that he was cooking,” Ford said. “Of course, that wasn’t consistent with what the fire department saw.”

Ford said that the suspect then became uncooperative and fled the hotel, dropping the bag in the parking lot.

When agents with the GBI and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration arrived and processed the bag, “they found that all the items inside the bag were consistent with the manufacture of meth,” Ford said.

Police also found a small amount of “already cooked” meth inside the hotel room, according to Ford.

He said the man, who has not been found, was apparently making the meth for his personal use and not for sale.

“I just think this was some guy that was cooking meth for his own personal use,” Ford said.


The Yuma Sector Border Patrol seized 25 pounds of methamphetamine on Sunday on the Highway 95 checkpoint.

According to a press release, a 21-year-old female U.S. citizen attempted to drive through the checkpoint when a canine alerted agents to drugs hidden in two manmade compartments located in the front and rear bumpers of the vehicle she was driving. Within them were 25 pounds of methamphetamine, with an approximate worth of $75,000.

Yuma Sector said that the driver was arrested and that both she and the drugs were processed following Yuma Sector guidelines.


A troubling new diet fad is said to be gaining in popularity among the wives of North Korean elites: methamphetamine. Though much of the isolated communist country contends daily with malnutrition, a report in the online news outlet Daily NK indicates that these women are increasingly using crystal meth to lose weight. It also makes them feel pretty good, at least when they’re high.

Experts have documented how North Korea became a major producer of meth for export in recent decades as part of an effort to collect hard currency. Because the drug suppresses appetite while providing an energetic boost, chronic hunger might have helped to spur its consumption at home. Although the extent of the drug’s use within North Korea is difficult to determine, studies have suggested that it has reached “epidemic” levels, and defectors have testified that meth is ingested widely and openly in parts of the country.

An unnamed source told Daily NK that the spouses of North Korean officials and traders are purchasing the drug in growing numbers.

“There has recently been an increase in those who get it for dieting purposes,” the source said. “Taking meth in the North is nothing shocking, and these officials find themselves permitting the practice because they like their wives to be slim.”

North Korea’s drug problem has created tensions with China, which has launched a war on narcotics that has particularly singled out synthetic drugs like meth that are trafficked from the hermit kingdom. North Korea is undertaking its own crackdown along the border to intercept defectors and smuggled goods. It has long denied sponsoring the manufacture of meth and its state-run labs are believed to have decreased production in recent years, while lower-level producers have grown.

Nevertheless, many experts suspect that private laboratories cooking meth are operating with the tacit approval of the North Korean government, which has tried to distance itself from direct involvement for the sake of optics.

“Once you become involved, you remain addicted to the trade,” Raphael Perl, author of a detailed 2007 Congressional report on North Korean illicit activity, told VICE News last year. “It’s a whole military hierarchy that’s involved in both the distribution and production of methamphetamine. It’s a big time industry. Why would they close down a profitable industry if they can get away with it?”

But the combination of diminished rates of production with the crackdown along the Chinese border — which prevents a lot of black market meth from being trafficked back into North Korea as well as out — is tightening supply. The Daily NK’s source mentioned that a politically connected wife in the city of Hyesan had taken to living at her dealer’s house to ensure access to the drug.

“The crackdown on meth has become more severe, so these kinds of things are happening all the time,” the source said.

It’s worth emphasizing that the “meth diet,” to the extent that it exists, is an indulgence for a select few in North Korea. While addiction to the drug is said to be widespread, much of the country’s population endures forced labor and is believed to be on the brink of starvation.

“The average person has no time, let alone opportunity, to gain weight between mandatory work mobilizations and a shortage of food,” the source told Daily NK. If the wives who are keen on losing weight would simply share the food that they and other elites hoard, the source said, “they wouldn’t eat it all alone and get fat.”


(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Perkins woman who is on probation for possession of methamphetamine and marijuana on the OSU campus has been jailed on $5,000 bond for allegedly possessing methamphetamine on July 20 when she was arrested at the Cimarron Casino on an outstanding warrant.

Amy Jo Courtright-Lowe, 34, could receive as much as a 20-year prison term if convicted of drug possession, a felony on which she has been scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 5.

Perkins Police Officer George Hannon said that at 9:51 p.m. on July 20 when he attempted to serve a probation violation arrest warrant for Courtright-Lowe at her residence, he was told that she might be at the Cimarron Casino, according to his affidavit.

At the casino, Security Lt. Hunter Edwards told the Perkins officer “Amy comes to the casino almost daily,” the affidavit said. A security officer “pointed out the area that Amy was sitting in,” the affidavit said.

The Perkins officer “approached Amy and asked her if she would come outside with me,” Hannon wrote in his affidavit.

“Amy said, ‘sure,’ and walked out the north doors of the casino. I explained to Amy that she has a warrant through Payne County. Amy said ‘I know,’” the affidavit alleged.

“Amy asked me if she could give her pocketbook to her friend inside the casino. I told her no,” the Perkins officer alleged in his affidavit.

“I took her pocketbook off of her shoulder and placed it on the floor next to me. I handcuffed Amy behind her back. Before I could double-lock the cuffs, Amy rotated her wrist in the cuffs. I corrected the placement of the cuffs and checked them for tightness,” the Perkins officer alleged in his affidavit.

“I searched Amy’s bag, but did not find any weapons or contraband.

“Shortly after starting the trip, Amy complained that the cuffs were too tight.

“I told Amy that I wouldn’t be able to stop until we reached the jail.

“When we arrived at 9th and Duncan in Stillwater, Amy said ‘I better tell you I have a small pipe in my pocket and a small amount of weed. I also have a loaded meth pipe in the pants,’” the Perkins officer alleged in his affidavit.

At the Payne County Jail, Sgt. Joe Couri advised the Perkins officer that “he would have someone assist her with retrieving it during the change-out,” the affidavit alleged.

“When Amy got out of the patrol vehicle, I noticed her right front pocket had been turned inside out. I asked Amy how long she tried to get the pipe out of her pocket. Amy said ‘a fat girl minute,’” the Perkins officer alleged in his affidavit.

When Payne County Jailer Reba Beaver checked the defendant’s pockets, she did not locate anything, the affidavit said.

“Officer Beaver asked Amy in front of me where she was hiding the pipe. Amy said ‘It’s under my fat roll,’” the Perkins officer alleged in his affidavit.

Inside a cylindrical container there was a clear glass smoking device with burnt residue and a white crystal substance, as well as a small baggy with a white crystal substance that tested positive as methamphetamine, the affidavit alleged.

Five months ago the defendant had been placed on five years’ probation for possessing methamphetamine and marijuana in 2013 at Oklahoma State University where she then was working, court records show.

As a condition of probation in that 2013 case, Courtright-Lowe was ordered to have a substance abuse evaluation, perform any recommended follow-up, undergo random drug testing, comply with the methamphetamine registry, do 100 hours of community service, and pay $1,250 in fines and assessments, court records show.


WARREN COUNTY, OH (FOX19) – Three people from Georgia were arrested Friday in Warren County after an investigation into the trafficking of GHB, also known as the “date rape” drug, and crystal methamphetamine.

The Warren County Drug Task Force arrested Samuel Ray and Cindy Soeder, of Douglasville, and David Price, of Powder Springs. They were charged with trafficking drugs. 8467845_G

Officials say the three traveled from Georgia to sell two gallons of GHB and a half-pound of crystal meth to an undercover detective for $10,000.

According to the Warren County Drug Task Force, the drugs involved have an estimated street value of $150,000. The bust represents one of the largest seizures of GHB ever in the region.

All three are being held in the Warren County jail.


Several DeRidder residents were arrested Friday morning after a joint investigation by the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations and the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office.

According to a news release from Louisiana State Police Sgt. James Anderson, LSP investigators became aware late last year of possible criminal activity involving the sale and use of methamphetamine as well as the trading of methamphetamine for stolen property.residents were arrested

“Investigators with the Louisiana State Police and the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation and determined several individuals were participating in criminal activity,” Anderson alleged in the release.

A search warrant was obtained and on Friday, July 31, investigators, with the assistance of the Louisiana State Police SWAT Team and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Maritime Special Response Team, served the warrant at a 19-acre compound located at the 200 block of Fowler Road in DeRidder, Anderson said.

Police searched a mobile home, three campers and three sheds at the address.

Anderson alleges in the release that investigators discovered approximately six grams of methamphetamine, two grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, 23 long guns and four handguns on the property.

Anderson said the following individuals, excluding McGlothlin, who was released on a summons, were arrested and booked into the Beauregard Parish Jail for the charges listed:

— Leslie R. Self, 54, possession of a firearm in presence of narcotics, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana, possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia.

— Wyatt Self, 21, simple criminal damage to property.

— Elissa S. McGlothlin, 28, possession of drug paraphernalia.

— Paul J. Nash, 51, possession of drug paraphernalia, outstanding warrant from Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office for distribution of methamphetamine.

— Allan Richmond, 38, felony theft.

— Shannon C. Cryer, 53, possession of methamphetamine, illegal carrying of weapons, possession of drug paraphernalia.

The investigation is continuing, and additional arrests are possible, Anderson said.


A Rome man and woman remained in jail without bond Sunday after their arrests on drug charges.

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Mark Thirston Tate, 33, of 305 Waddell St., and Melanie Nichole Reid, 33, of 2610 Lake Ridge Circle, were arrested Saturday at 9:12 p.m. at the Economy Inn, 1803 Martha Berry Blvd., after officers were called to the hotel to check on suspected drug activity.

Tate and Reid gave permission to search their room. Officers found a pill bottle containing a bag of methamphetamine, two smaller bags with methamphetamine, a bag of crack cocaine, a bag of marijuana and a digital scale.55bf1474d901a_image

Tate is charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and possession of crack cocaine. He is also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug-related objects and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

Reid is charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and possession of crack cocaine. She is also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug-related objects and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.


An Indianola woman is being charged with possessing contraband in a correctional institution, failure to affix a drug stamp and a controlled substance violation after allegedly smuggled more than 5 grams of methamphetamine into the Warren County Jail.

According to a report written by Sheriff’s Deputy Jim Van Gundy, Carole Steil, 54, of Indianola was pulled over on the R63 Highway at 7:30 p.m. near Norwalk on July 23.

According to the report, a driver’s-side brake light of her truck was not working.

Upon further inspection, she did not have a license because it was barred and the truck was not insured.

According to the report, Van Gundy transported Steil to the Warren County Jail and left her with jail staff.

When he returned at approximately 10:30 p.m., he was told by Deputy Derek Konrad a baggie was found in the bathroom after Steil had used it.

“I looked in the baggie and observed 5 baggies containing a crystal substance,” according to Van Gundy’s report. “Each baggies contents were field tested positive for methamphetamine.”

According to the report, at least two people saw the baggie on the floor of the bathroom before it was noticed by Deputy Lisa Ohlinger.

Van Gundy later interviewed Steil about the baggie, but she stated it was not hers, according to the report.

Steil is now being held at the Warren County Jail on a $32,000 cash bond.


ST GEORGE – Four people were arrested early Friday morning after police came across a group allegedly sharing marijuana and methamphetamine in a motel room in St. George.

Around 1:10 a.m., Friday, a St. George Police officer with the mountain bike patrol came across a large group of people smoking in the parking lot of the Sands Motel, 581 E. St. George Boulevard, near room 112. Members of the group looked like they were under 19 years old, the officer who first encountered the group wrote in a probable cause statement. Nineteen is the the legal age for acquiring tobacco products in Utah. The officer checked the identifications of individuals in the group and came across Matthew Newbold, 19, of North Salt Lake. A check found that Newbold had an arrest warrant issued out of Bountiful. He was then arrested and searched. The officer found a small plastic baggy containing what was suspected to be crystal meth. Newbold allegedly admitted it was methamphetamine and that he had ingested it.


Newbold told police he was staying in room 112, which led to police searching the room.

“During a search of the room, it was found that the bathroom window was pushed open,” the officer wrote in the statement. “Suspected marijuana was located in the alley behind the bathroom window. Also located in the alley were two used syringes with residue and two broken multi-colored glass pipes.”

The items appeared to have been thrown out the window in an attempt to conceal them during the investigation, the officer wrote.

Police spoke to several people who were in the room. No one claimed the drugs as their own, yet some did admit the group had been sharing the meth and marijuana.

Another officer on scene encountered 21-year-old Chelsea Hunerlach, of Washington City, in the room. She told the officer she had no drugs on her, yet was allegedly found with suspected methamphetamine in her possession. She also allegedly admitted to injecting herself with methamphetamine with a syringe and smoking marijuana with others in the room.

Also present at the scene were Shawn Garett, 25, also of Washington City, and Justin Nelson, 21, of Cedar City. According to the probable cause statement, a 17-year-old girl was also present.

Newbold, Hunerlach, Nelson and Garett were arrested and booked in the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility. Each of the four was charged with a third-degree felony for drug possession and two class B misdemeanors for drug possession and paraphernalia. Garett and Nelson were also each charged with a class-A misdemeanor for obstruction of justice.

The charges were enhanced due to being a in drug-free zone.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.


SYRACUSE, N.Y. — First, police said they found a stun gun in Eric Johnson’s shorts. Then they reportedly found meth in his underwear.

Johnson was initially arrested at 11 p.m. on July 28 for possessing a Taser and a folded piece of paper containing methamphetamine in the right front pocket of his cargo shorts, said the Syracuse Police Department in court records. He was arrested on the 400 block of Rich Street and transported to the Onondaga County Justice Center.18455447-mmmain

While Johnson was being processed at the jail, officers asked the 27-year-old Syracuse man if he had any contraband, police said. Johnson denied possessing any contraband.

But while processing Johnson, police said officers found a sandwich bag filled with 40 doses of meth in Johnson’s underwear.

Johnson, of 119 Whittier Ave., was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and first-degree promoting prison contraband, all felonies. He was also charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, all misdemeanors.

Johnson was remanded to the jail in lieu of $25,000 cash or a $50,000 bail bond. He is due to appear in court on Monday.


A man was arrested in Garden of the Gods Park late Thursday night on suspicion of methamphetamine possession.

A woman called 911 saying she was concerned for her 34-year-old daughter’s safety, police said, and they found her with Eric Ruger, 34. He was found with meth, a loaded handgun and a “large” sum of cash, police said.

He was arrested on suspicion of methamphetamine possession, unlawfully having a gun as a previous offender, possession of drug paraphernalia and other charges.

The woman with Ruger was there voluntarily and was not harmed.


DERIDDER, LA (KPLC) – Several DeRidder residents were arrested Friday morning after a joint investigation by the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations and the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, authorities said. Late last year, Louisiana State Police and Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators began a lengthy investigation into the possible sale and use of methamphetamine and as the trading of methamphetamine for stolen property, according to Sgt. James Anderson, Troop D spokesman.



Investigators got a search warrant Friday and searched a mobile home, three campers and three sheds at a 19-acre compound in DeRidder. They discovered approximately six grams of methamphetamine, two grams of marijuana, a large quantity of drug paraphernalia, 23 long guns and four handguns on the property.

The following people were arrested on the following charges:

were arrested and booked into the Beauregard Parish Jail for the charges listed below:



  • Leslie R. Self, 54, possession of a firearm in presence of narcotics, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana, possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Wyatt Self, 21, simple criminal damage to property.
  • Elissa S. McGlothlin, 28, possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Paul J. Nash, 51, possession of drug paraphernalia, outstanding warrant from Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office for distribution of methamphetamine.
  • Allan Richmond, 38, felony theft.
  • Shannon C. Cryer, 53, possession of methamphetamine, illegal carrying of weapons and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The investigation is continuing and additional arrests are possible.


A woman tried smuggling a methamphetamine load while her juvenile daughter was a passenger, according to records released Tuesday.

Sandra Veronica Martinez was charged with possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. U.S. Border Patrol said she tried smuggling 44 pounds of meth. The contraband has an estimated street value of $880,000.

The case unfolded at 9:15 a.m. July 26.


MIDLAND, TX – A young Midland mother died Wednesday after swallowing nearly four grams of crystal methamphetamine, officials said.

Sandy Brooke Franklin, 18, ingested the drugs Monday night in what appeared to be a “misguided attempt” to protect her boyfriend during a traffic stop, according to Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter.8459490_G

Zane Paul O’Neal, 22, is the father of Franklin’s 5-month-old son and is currently in federal custody. It’s unclear what charges he will ultimately face.

“He admitted to [Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents] that he handed the methamphetamine to Franklin and she swallowed it,” said Painter.

Officials declined to answer questions about whether or not O’Neal allegedly instructed, threatened or forced his girlfriend to ingest the bag of drugs when they were pulled over by Midland Police.

According to Franklin’s family, O’Neal – who was on probation – told her to hide the narcotics by swallowing them and she obeyed to keep him out of jail.

“She died protecting her family,” said Brittania Upchurch Arpe, Franklin’s older sister. “She didn’t want her son to lose his father and all because of a drug that is the devil.”

O’Neal walked away from the traffic stop with no drug charges, officials said, but Franklin was taken into custody for two traffic warrants. She was booked into Midland County Jail on Monday around 10:30 p.m., according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office.

“She was asked if she had any narcotics, weapons, medical conditions or anything else to declare,” Painter told NewsWest 9. “If she had just said something about the meth, we would have taken her to the hospital immediately. They could have pumped her stomach that night… We could have saved her.”

Instead, Franklin silently served more than 36 hours behind bars with the bag of narcotics still in her stomach. By then, her body had already succumbed to the beginning stages of “severe meth poisoning,” Painter said.

“A guard noticed that something was wrong with her on Wednesday morning, around 11:30,” he explained. “She was shaking. Her eyes were unclear… [The guard] walked her to the medical department [of the jail] for treatment and the nurse immediately called for an ambulance to take her to the hospital.”

Franklin finally admitted to swallowing a large amount of methamphetamine prior to her arrest, a claim that O’Neal later confirmed to officials while she was in the emergency room at Midland Memorial Hospital.

“It was too late,” said Painter, who sat with Franklin’s family in the waiting room and cried with them when doctors confirmed there was no hope. “If they had just told us earlier, we could have done something… My job is to take care of [inmates] and this is such a loss of feeling.”

Her sister told NewsWest 9 their family “wants everybody to understand that Zane [O’Neal] is hurting too” and added that “teenagers everywhere need to learn from this and understand the dangers of meth.”


The Drug Enforcement Unit for the Sheriff’s Department and officers of the Abilene Police Department completed a two-week-long investigation of prostitution in Abilene with the arrest of Ginger Ann Burleson Thursday.

Burleson, 39, was arrested after she agreed to perform oral sex on an undercover officer in exchange for controlled substances. After the controlled substances were exchanged, Burleson was arrested and found to be in possession of methamphetamine.

Burleson was incarcerated in the Dickinson County Jail for conspiracy to sell sexual relations, selling sexual relations, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The case is ongoing and further arrests are expected.


YOUNGSTOWN — Police say they found a mobile methamphetamine lab during a traffic stop about 6:50 p.m. Thursday on the West Side.

Reports said officers pulled over a car driven by Deanna Moschella, 35, on North Btockway Avenue, for erratic driving. Officers noticed her stopped in the middle of an intersection and followed her to her home.

Reports said Moschella told police her license was suspended and she was taken into custody. When they searched her car they found muriatic acid, lye, Drano and Coleman fuel in two separate coolers in the trunk, which are ingredients for methamphetamine, reports said.

Moschella was arrested on charges of driving under suspension, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals to manufacture drugs and possessing drug abuse instruments because she also had two needles in her car, reports said.

Moschella was taken to the Mahoning County jail


A Marianna man is facing several drug charges after he was found unresponsive in a motel room.

Arrested was Roy Allen Hall, 34, of Marianna. He was charged with possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine), trafficking of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of controlled substance (hydrocodone), trafficking of controlled substance (pseudoephedrine) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, early Friday afternoon, the agency received a call from an employee at the Super 8 Motel on Highway 71 South in Marianna who said that they had found a man, later identified as Hall, lying in his motel room, unresponsive.

Deputies arrived, entered the room and found Hall lying on his side. He was unresponsive to initial contact, but officers were soon able to rouse him. Hall, officials say, appeared to be under the influence of some type of narcotics.

Employees asked that Hall be removed from the property, due to being late on his check-out time, so Hall was told to gather his belongings and vacate the room. Once he did, investigators entered and searched the room and the remaining items inside. They noticed a piece of tin foil with burnt residue on it lying on the table. In the foil, investigators found a white substance that was field tested and yielded a positive result for methamphetamine. Investigators also found scales, a roll of tin foil and plastic tubing consistent with the use, manufacture and distribution of illegal narcotics.

As investigators continued to search the room, they found a small container of suspected meth in a man’s boot lying on the floor next to the bed. Upon lifting the mattresses, they saw a small zipper pouch lying directly under the area of the bed Hall was on earlier. In the pouch were two plastic bags with suspected methamphetamine and several pills. An additional field test was positive for methamphetamine.

Inventoried were approximately 74 grams of methamphetamine, 40 pseudoephedrine pills and 16 hydrocodone pills, with an estimated street value of approximately $8,000.