Nebraska City – Authorities arrested a Nebraska City couple and seized two ounces of methamphetamine after conducting an early morning search at the Applewood Trailer Park today.

Roberto Lopez Biviano, 30, and Cynthia Wichman-Jimenez, 31, were taken into custody for suspicion of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

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The suspected methamphetamine was packaged in a two-ounce bundle. Meth is reportedly sold at $25 for quarter gram, giving two ounces a street value of $5,600.

Chief Deputy Mike Holland of the Otoe County Sheriff’s Office said excellent footwork by sheriff’s deputies produced enough evidence to obtain the search warrant.

“For here, two ounces of meth is a fairly significant amount of drugs, and anytime we can get a significant amount of drugs off the streets in Otoe County we are very pleased,” he said.

Deputies and members of the countywide tactical team including Nebraska City police conducted the raid before sunrise today. Holland said the arrests were made without incident.

Nebraska City Police Captain Lonnie Neeman said officers also seized about two pickup truck loads of tools, electronics and other items that may be stolen property.

One of the items, a Moped, had been stolen previously and recovered by police only to be stolen a second time.

 

 

 

 

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A Sun Prairie man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine in his apartment.

Brandon Fletcher, 22, was taken into custody at his apartment building at 205 S. Bird St., according to a news release from the Sun Prairie Police Department.

“He was found to be in possession of all necessary materials to manufacture methamphetamine,” said Sgt. Jamie Peterson.

The materials, which can be highly dangerous, were removed from the apartment.

“The scene is safe and there is no danger to the surrounding residences or the community,” Peterson said in the release.

Officers were assisted by the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigations and the Dane County Narcotics and Gang Task Force.

 

 

 

 

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FORSYTH — A Branson woman is in Taney County Jail after reportedly selling methamphetamine several times to undercover officers.

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Nicole A. Blas, 35, has been charged with three counts of selling a controlled substance. According to Taney County court documents, undercover officers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Combined Ozarks Multi-Jurisdictional Enforcement Team, set up three different operations — on Nov. 22, Dec. 4 and Dec. 12 — in which a confidential informant was able to arrange meetings with Blas and then purchase meth from her.

 

 

 

 

 

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Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said the number of methamphetamine labs found in Richland County has increased this year and issued a warning to the community and specifically to hotel owners.

The warning poster to be used at meth lab locations (photo provided)

The warning poster to be used at meth lab locations

 

Lott said deputies, fire marshals and emergency services personnel will begin labeling locations where clandestine labs have been found in order to warn the community of the dangers of being near such labs.

Lott said seven labs were found in Richland County in 2011, 15 were found in 2012 and 23 have been busted so far in 2013. Twelve of the 45 labs over that period were found in hotels. Lott said it’s possible hotel staff members sometimes clean up abandoned meth labs without realizing what they’re doing.

Lott said his department is working to make everyone in the community aware that exposure to the ingredients used to create meth can cause severe illness or death.

The chemicals also pose a danger or fire or explosion. Lott said the ingredients not only are dangerous during manufacturing of the drug but also after the lab chemicals are abandoned.

The Sheriff’s Department is working closely with the Richland County Fire Marshal’s Office and Richland County Emergency Services Division to remind residents and business owners and employees of the importance of reporting any suspicious activity, labs or chemicals found in hotel rooms, apartments, cars, homes, woods or fields.

Lott asked anyone with information about illegal activity to contact Crimestoppers.

 

 

 

http://coladaily.com/2013/12/20/sheriff-issues-warning-as-meth-labs-on-rise-in-richland-county/

 

(KMOV) – A 43-year-old Granite City woman faces charges after deputies say she smuggled methamphetamine into the Madison County Jail on Dec. 9.

Tammy Shaver was charged Thursday with bringing contraband into a penal institution and unlawful possession of less than five grams of meth.

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According to deputies, Shaver was arrested Dec. 8 after authorities found a weapon and three codeine tablets in her possession when they responded to a domestic dispute call at a home in the 4300 block of Ill. Route 162.

She was arrested and taken to the Madison County Jail.

Deputies say the next day guards found meth in her cell and determined she had smuggled it in.

She remains in custody on $40,000 bail.

In a separate case, 35-year-old Kristy Payne was found with meth inside her cell after being arrested Dec. 6 for possessing less than 15 grams of clonazepam.

Her bail was set at $70,000.

 

 

 

 

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HONEA PATH, SC (FOX Carolina) – Honea Path police said a man is accused of having a mobile methamphetamine lab after officers found the illegal drugs following a traffic accident Wednesday night.

Police said they were called to West Hampton and Pruitt streets about 10:20 p.m. after the man’s minivan ran off the road and got stuck in a ditch.

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According to the police report, officers spoke with a man at the scene who said his wife was driving and he told her to pull off the road for an ambulance coming by and she ran too far off, getting stuck in the drainage ditch.

The report said when officers spoke with the man, identified as 38-year-old Aaron Clouse, he told them his wife walked back home.

When police went to the couple’s home, the report said she had been at the house with family for hours and had not been in the van with her husband.

Police said they told Clouse he would be charged with giving false information to police and as they spoke with him further, they discovered two pill bottles that had meth inside.

A neighbor reported seeing Clouse throw something away from the car and as they searched, police said they found items used for the shake and bake method of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Hazmat crews and additional personnel were called to the scene to help investigate and clean it up.

Police arrested Clouse, charging him with manufacturing methamphetamine, trafficking methamphetamine, not having a South Carolina driver’s license and giving false information to police.

 

 

http://www.foxcarolina.com/story/24263686/police-meth-lab-found-after-man-blames-wrecked-car-on-wife

 

 

An Easton woman has been charged with endangering the welfare of her baby daughter because the two of them spent time at a Bethlehem Township property that housed a methamphetamine lab, court records say.
At times, the woman apparently left the baby alone while she smoked meth, the records say.
The charge against Betty Jane Stonewall, 29, of 378 W. Nesquehoning St. on the Easton’s South Side is tied to an early-morning raid at 1450 Sixth St. in the township on Sept. 25. Three other people have been charged in the case.
Stonewall and her daughter were at the property at the time of the 6 a.m. raid carried out by township police and state police’s Clandestine Laboratory Team.
At the time of the raid, the little girl was two days short of being 5 months old.
The suspected meth lab was in a pool shed. There is also a house on the property.
A criminal complaint filed by township Sgt. Richard Blake describes how a woman—not Stonewall—and her five children were living at the house. The property is owned by a trust fund in the name of one of the woman’s children who is “severely disabled—mentally and physically.”
The woman “had actual physical control of the property in order to provide care and shelter” for the disabled child, the complaint says.
The woman told police that Stonewall and her daughter had been at the house at least three times and each time they stayed for two to three days.
She said Stonewall would smoke meth in the woman’s bedroom closet or in the shed. “When she smoked in the closet, she would leave [the baby] on her carrier seat in the bedroom, and when she smoked in the pool shed, she would leave [the baby] in the house with someone else,” the woman said.
The woman also said Stonewall “only came to the house to get or smoke methamphetamine.”
During the raid, police found a glassine smoking pipe with residue testing positive for meth on a closet shelf in the woman’s bedroom, the complaint says.
The woman and a man described as the woman’s “self-admitted boyfriend” told police they were using meth. The woman said she started using the drug about two months before the raid “due to the stress in her life that she couldn’t deal with.”
The boyfriend said he was aware that two of the other three people charged in the case were making meth in the shed. He said production occurred 10 to 15 times and that “they almost blew up the pool shed several times.”
The woman and her boyfriend apparently were not charged in the case, court records indicate.
Stonewall was arraigned Thursday by District Judge Joseph Barner of Lower Nazareth Township on a charge of endangering the welfare of children. She was released on $7,500 unsecured bail.
The court file does not say if Stonewall’s daughter is still with her or was taken from her.
Here is some information on the other three people charged in the case:

  • Thomas Dee Stocker, 28, found inside the shed during the raid. He admitted to police that he was making meth in the shed, according to information in Stonewall’s criminal complaint. He waived all six charges— including three felony counts—against him at a Nov. 25 preliminary hearing before Barner, online records say. Stocker, who told police he was living in the shed but is listed as having an Easton address, remains in Northampton County Prison in lieu of $85,000 bail.
  • Dawn Marie Stocker, 52, identified in a previous Patch story as living at the Sixth Street property, also waived charges at a Nov. 25 preliminary hearing before Barner. She’s facing only two charges—drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. She remains in county prison in lieu of $7,500 bail. Court records do not explain how Thomas Stocker and Dawn Marie Stocker are related.
  • Kia Feflie, 20, of Easton, is facing the same six charges as Thomas Stocker. The boyfriend of the woman with the five children identified the two people suspected of making meth in the shed as Feflie and Thomas Stocker. She too waived the charges at a Nov. 25 preliminary hearing before Barner. She was freed from county prison after posting $10,000 bail on Nov. 18, the online records say.

 

 

 

 

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A toddler rescued from what authorities described as a “hoarder” house has tested positive for methamphetamine, and his parents now face felony charges of introducing a controlled substance into another person.

Wayne Michael Motes, 41, is being held in the Baxter County jail on a $15,000 bond. The new charge is added to a string of charges against Motes. A warrant has been issued for Stephanie Diane Motes, 39, on the same charge. In addition, Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery put her on his department’s “Most Wanted” list Thursday for allegedly selling drugs.

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The case began Nov. 3 when Mountain Home police responded to a disturbance call at 509 Ouachita Ave. Officers described the condition of the home as that of someone who is a hoarder. Approximately 90 percent of the floor of the home was covered in debris, according to authorities, and the garage had debris piles approximately four feet high.

A resident of the home told MHPD there was a baby in the house, but officers could not immediately find the child. The 2-year-old boy was located completely covered by blankets on a couch, according to police.

Police said when officers asked to speak with a woman who reportedly had been screaming, they were directed to Stephanie Motes. They knew there were warrants for her husband and asked if he was present in the home. She told them he was not, according to a police report, but they found him hiding in a closet. When an officer tried to remove him from the closet, Motes allegedly grabbed the lawman by the waist and tried to punch him in the kidney area.

Officers subdued Motes and continued searching the residence, according to a report.

A search of Stephanie Motes turned up a small amount of what was believed to be marijuana in one of her pockets. Officers searched a bedroom where the couple and the toddler had been sleeping and reportedly discovered several syringes, a plastic bag with 100 assorted pills and a marijuana pipe.

Wayne Motes was arrested on charges of third-degree endangering the welfare of a minor, felony possession of a controlled substance and felony possession of drug paraphernalia. Stephanie Motes was arrested on similar charges with an additional charge of obstructing governmental operations.

After booking, the couple was released on bond. The child was taken by the Department of Human Services. Medical testing later revealed the child tested positive for having meth in his system, according to authorities. It’s currently unclear how the 2-year-old ingested the meth, though police say it’s possible the child was in a room where the adults were smoking meth.

Once the drug test on the child came back, warrants were issued for Wayne and Stephanie Motes for introducing a controlled substance into another person, a Class Y felony, according to MHPD officials. A Class Y felony is punishable by 10-40 years to life in prison.

Motes was arrested Monday evening by police and as of Thursday afternoon remained in jail. Stephanie Motes remains at large on the Mountain Home warrant and now is wanted by the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office for delivery of a Schedule I or II controlled substance.

She is described as being 5-foot-6 and weighing about 120 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Her last known address, according to the sheriff’s office, was 71 Newts Road, although she had a Springfield, Mo., address during a November court appearance.

In September, Wayne Motes was arrested for terroristic threatening and obstructing governmental operations when sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic disturbance call at a Gamaliel residence.

 

 

 

 

 

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.- Port St. Lucie police announced the results of the second  annual Operation Happy Holidays on Thursday.

Special Investigators  began the city-wide investigations on September 15 which lasted for nearly 3  months. The investigations focused on illegal drug activity, prostitution, and  weapons violations.

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As a result of the operation police, with the help  of the DEA and FBI, conducted a prostitution sting, highway interdiction, and  served several drug search warrants.

During the three month operation,  detectives arrested 45 people with charges ranging from production of  methamphetamine, trafficking heroin and/or methamphetamine, sale of controlled  substances, possession of marijuana, cocaine, crack, possession with the intent  to sell or deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of stolen fire  arms, and prostitution.

Police say it’s an effort to make neighborhoods  safer by arresting potentially dangerous people.

“We’re going to do  everything we can to put you in jail. We’re going to investigate you. Whether  that takes a week, or a month or a year, we’re going to do what we can to put  you in jail because no body wants t live next to this, ” said Port St. Lucie  Special investigations Supervisor Charlie Lumpkin.

Police collected  more than 200 pills, 25 pounds of marijuana, nearly $9,000, five guns, and four  vehicles.

They also shut down one meth production house in Port St.  Lucie and assisted with shutting down two in Martin County.

Police say  many of the investigations stemmed from community tips.

“You know, not  every complaint results in an arrest, but I would say 50-60 percent of the time  what they’re saying, what they say they see is what they really see and it’s  vital,” Lumpkin said.

Police are still looking for four other  people with outstanding warrants stemming from the operation.

Melissa Ann Nunziato of Port St. Lucie is wanted for prostitution charges.  45-year-old Jose Carrasquillo Jr., 42- year-old Kristen Cuadrado and 27-year-old  Kenneth Cobb are wanted for drug related charges.

 

 

 

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO AM) – Authorities found five small bags of methamphetamine tucked between seat cushions on an passenger airplane at Joe Foss Field Wednesday.

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Officer Sam Clemens says a cleaning crew found the first bag and called police.  Clemens says the investigating officer found four more bags tucked toward the back of the seat.  He says one had three grams of methamphetamine, one had one gram and the other three had half a gram.

Clemens says investigators can review past seating assignments but it’s difficult proving who left the meth behind.

 

 

 

 

http://kelo.com/news/articles/2013/dec/19/cleaning-crew-discovers-meth-in-airplane-seat-cushion/

 

 

ST. PAUL, Minn. – An alleged white supremacist is charged with possessing guns, ammunition and methamphetamine.

Prosecutors said they were planning on asking for $1 million bail during a court appearance Thursday, saying Sam Shoen is a danger to law enforcement.

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A criminal complaint details how authorities were contacted by an informant in late November who told them the 35-year-old Shoen carried an assault rifle with him wherever he went, something he is banned from doing as Shoen is a felon. Police say he is a member of a white supremacist affiliated with a group known as the Hammerskins, and also has ties to the native mob from his time in prison.

After being contacted by the informant police set up a gun buy on December 11, during which the informant and an undercover police officer were able to buy a submachine gun from the suspect for $3,500. After that authorities used a second informant to set up a drug buy. While they were traveling to Shoen’s grow house in northern Minnesota the suspect became paranoid, pulled a pistol and put it up to the informant’s head and accused him of being a snitch for the police. The informant was eventually able to calm him down, but when the two stopped to get a hotel room the informant stole Shoen’s car and drove back to the cities.

Police were informed that Shoen was headed back to the cities two days later and had been told his car was in the parking lot of Walmart in Vadnais Heights. Police set up surveillance and eventually saw the suspect drive up with two other individuals and go into the store, where he purchased a rifle scope. After they drove off police followed the vehicle and pulled it over. Shoen was seen throwing a bag from the car containing what turned out to be methamphetamine.

Officers also found guns and a large stash of ammunition in the car.

Shoen is charged with 5 felony counts involving possession of weapons and drugs.

 

 

 

 

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A man accused of involvement in a drug smuggling operation tried to swallow  an incriminating piece of paper and empty dozens of imported Mexican beer  bottles when police raided his home, a court has heard.

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Kaye said the piece of paper Erol Ramazanoglu  tried to swallow included a notation to “get rid of bottles”.

Analysis of the handwriting revealed the notes had been partially written by  Melbourne property developer and bar owner Adrian Franze.

Franze, 33, was jailed in August for 17 years after a jury found him guilty  of attempting to possess 14 kilograms of cocaine and 133 kilograms of  methamphetamine with a street value of $14 million.

  He co-owned Chapel Street venue the Destino Latin Bar along with a friend,  Anthony Sitar, who remains on an Interpol watch list after fleeing the country  when he was charged over the plot to import the drugs, which were liquefied and  hidden inside beer bottles from Mexico.

Authorities had checked a shipment of 672 cartons of Cucapa beer imported  from Mexico in October 2011 and found traces of cocaine and methamphetamine in  46 of the cartons. The suspect cartons were then replaced and listening devices  hidden inside them.

Sitar and Franze arranged for the 46 cartons to be stored at a property in  Sunshine but became suspicious that federal police had the property under  surveillance.

They dumped a van in which they transported the beer in Toorak Road, South  Yarra, and checked into a serviced apartment in Brighton.

Ramazanglou later went to the Sunshine property in the early hours of October  26, loaded the beer into another vehicle and took it to his home in  Yarraville.

By this stage, Franze and Sitar were becoming increasingly convinced they  were under surveillance, and when police finally arrested Ramazanglou, he was  trying to pour the beer down a drain.

Ramazanoglu, 29, was jailed on Friday for eight years and six months with a  non-parole period of four years and six months after pleading guilty to several  charges including attempting to possess a commercial quantity of methamphetamine  and cocaine, and trafficking methamphetamine.

Justice Kaye said when federal police raided Ramazanglou’s home on October  26, 2011, he was trying to eat the paper with the instructions from Franze on  it.

“As I have stated, the offences, for which you have been convicted, are  particularly serious, and the amounts of drugs involved in each of them were  most substantial,” the judge said.

“The devastating effects of illicit drugs on our society are well known.

“Those persons, such as yourself, who engage in this type of offending, are  well aware of the highly damaging effects which drugs have on members of our  community, and in particular on our young and most vulnerable citizens.

“Your offending involved you participating in a thoroughly evil and parasitic  enterprise, with no regard for the fate of those whose lives and health might be  ruined by it.”

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/mexican-beer-bottle-drug-smuggling-evidence-hard-to-swallow-20131220-2zp7j.html

 

Methamphetamine distribution charges were handed down Tuesday on a Bismarck man already on federal probation for that same offense.

Randy L. McEntire, 50, faces a single count of distribution of a controlled substance with a $75,000 bond. He is already in the county jail on first-degree burglary and unlawful use of a weapon charges. Bond is set at $35,000 on those charges.

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The most recent distribution charge stems from an undercover investigation in the fall of 2012.

According to law enforcement documents, a confidential informant made a call to McEntire asking if (the informant) could come to his Bismarck home. He gave permission and the informant was equipped with a recorder and given $300 to purchase methamphetamine.

Authorities followed the informant to the address and the informant made a buy. During a debriefing following the transaction, authorities learned the informant went into the home and greeted McEntire. The informant watched as McEntire sold another person an undisclosed amount of the drug. That person left and the informant proceeded to ask McEntire for methamphetamine.

After the transaction, authorities received a small plastic bag of off-white powder from the informant. The powder field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

The burglary and weapons charges are related to an incident that occurred on Jan. 23 in Park Hills.

According to court documents, when police arrived on the scene, witnesses reported McEntire had entered the house uninvited and was looking for a woman.

A man at the home reportedly told police he came out of a bathroom and saw McEntire walking through the living room. He said he stopped McEntire to keep him from speaking with the female. He said McEntire went to the kitchen and got a knife, allegedly saying he was going to stab anyone who tried to get in his way. The witness told police he and another man tried to talk to McEntire but he began to lunge at them.

The police report states that at that point a female, not the female McEntire demanded to see, talked McEntire into giving her the knife. The two males then grabbed him and pushed him out of the back door.

When he continued to bang on windows and the door, the police were called.

Both incidents happened while McEntire was on supervised probation for his role in a January 1995 federal indictment charging 14 individuals with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. As part of a plea agreement entered in June of 1996, he was sentenced to 262 months in prison.

McEntire was granted probation in October of 2009. That probation was revoked in August 2011 when he failed to comply with the terms. He was then sent back to prison for seven months and was released upon completion to serve another 48 months on supervised probation.

He violated that probation in January when he was arrested in Park Hills, and was sentenced to 13 months in the federal correctional complex in Terre Haute, Ind.

On Oct. 23 he was extradited back to St. Francois County to answer to the aforementioned burglary and assault charges.

 

 

 

 

http://dailyjournalonline.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/charged-with-meth-distribution-again/article_0a7f5a80-68b2-11e3-8574-0019bb2963f4.html

 

MASON CITY | A Mason City man has been charged with methamphetamine possession, third offense, a Class D felony.

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Dustin W. Snowbird, 33, was arrested at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 500 block of South Fillmore Avenue. He had a baggie with methamphetamine in his possession, according to the criminal complaint.

Snowbird has posted $5,000 cash bond and been released from the Cerro Gordo County Jail.

 

 

 

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MILLIGAN – An Okaloosa County sheriff’s deputy discovered a methamphetamine lab early Thursday when he checked on suspicious activity outside a utility shed at a home on Wadsworth Road.

The deputy noticed two men leaving the shed about 4:30 a.m. One was holding items used to make methamphetamine, according to news release from the Sheriff’s Office.

One man fled, but the deputy detained 32-year-old Jason Earl Chessher of Milligan, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

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The county’s Multi-Agency Drug Task Force later found chemicals and equipment used to make meth in the shed and in a nearby bus where Chessher lived.

Chessher was charged with manufacturing meth, possession of a controlled substance, resisting an officer without violence, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of listed chemicals.

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The Dodge City Police Department Special Operations Response Team arrested Raudel Medrano, Jr., 25, Wednesday afternoon while serving a search warrant at 202 E. McArtor Rd. Lot A-7.
The warrant was issued by the Ford County District Court for the following charges:
  • Distribution of methamphetamines within 1000 feet of a school
  • Distribution of methamphetamines
  • Distribution of cocaine
Medrano is also a person of interest in a shooting discovered when the victim, Travis Martinez, 37, arrived at the Western Plains Regional Hospital emergency room by private vehicle early Sunday morning.
Officers met with Martinez and determined the shooting occurred at 922 Walker Place.
Medrano was booked into the Ford County Jail and is being held on $200,000 bail on the above listed charges.
Police said the shooting investigation is ongoing.http://www.dodgeglobe.com/article/20131220/NEWS/131219136
(CHADRON)-Chadron police officers received drug information on a trailer house located at 154 Maple Street in Chadron. A search warrant was served late in the evening on Tuesday, December 17th. Officers located less than one ounce of suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia (two snort tubes), which field tested positive for methamphetamine.
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A Chadron WING investigator describes methamphetamine as “a powerful, highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system. Also known as meth and crystal, it takes the form of a white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder, which is typically either smoked or snorted through a tube into the nose.”
While in the house, officers found several minor children along with four adults, 31-year-old Tara Broberg, 74-year-old Fred Broberg, 25-year-old Marcus Bordeaux and 22-year-old Justin Lame. Officers also found that the heating system in the trailer house was not operational, and the occupants were heating the trailer house with several electrical plug in heaters as well as a 150,000 BTU garage/outdoor tube style propane heater, which was located in the kitchen are near the main hallway alongside three propane bottles. Several areas inside the trailer house had exposed electrical wiring, and the secondary exit was partially blocked by clothing and other items. One room inside the residence had a large hole in the floor leading directly to exposed ground under the trailer house. Officers say the overall condition of the house was very poor.
Based on the information received and the subsequent investigation at the house, Tara Broberg, Marcus Bordeaux, and Justin Lame were arrested for felony child abuse, felony possession of suspected methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of suspected marijuana less than one ounce.
Tara Broberg’s three minor children were placed in the custody of Nebraska Health and Human Services.
The Nebraska State Patrol, the Dawes County Attorney’s Office and the WING HIDTA Drug and Violent Crime Task Force (which is partially funded through a grant from the Nebraska Crime Commission) assisted the Chadron Police Department in this investigation.
–Chadron Police Department
Disclaimer: The following information is directly from a press release from the Chadron Police Department. Chadrad Communications is posting the information as received from the PD. Nothing has been added or omitted from the original press release, except for minor punctuation or grammatical editing. 

A federal grand jury in Oregon has charged four Portland-area residents with selling methamphetamine through the defunct online black market Silk Road.

Prosecutors say the four — Jason Weld Hagen, 39; Chelsea Leah Reder, 23; Richard Egan Webster, 45; and Donald Ross Bechen, 39 — conspired to sell 17 pounds of meth for a total of more than $600,000. All four pleaded not guilty at their arraignment in a Portland court room on Wednesday.

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The group made more than 3,000 meth sales between Aug. 25, 2012 and Aug. 3, 2013 to buyers in the United States, Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Italy and the UK, according to the indictment from the U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

The indictment lists a variety of charges against the defendants, including conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine online, conspiracy to export a controlled substance, and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, plus 15 counts of domestic and international money laundering.

Hagen, the group’s apparent leader, used several aliases on Silk Road, most notably “hammertime,” according to the indictment.

The conspirators allegedly sold meth to undercover government agents on two separate occasions

The conspirators allegedly sold meth to undercover government agents on two separate occasions in December and January.

The group conducted its alleged transactions using the difficult-to-track digital currency Bitcoin, which remains standard operating procedure for online black markets. The members later converted the Bitcoin to cash and moved the money using PayPal, Western Union and prepaid debit cards, according to the indictment.

The Oregonian reports that all four defendants were apprehended Tuesday; Hagen and Reder were arrested at their homes in Vancouver, Wash., sheriff’s deputies arrested Webster in Aloha, Ore., and Bechen turned himself in.

The FBI seized the Silk Road mentioned in the indictment and arrested its alleged owner, Ross William Ulbricht, on Oct. 1. A nearly identical replica sprang up several weeks after the original Silk Road went down, and this new Silk Road is still in operation.

These arrests are the latest in a series involving alleged Silk Road dealers, eight of which occurred a week after the site’s closure.

Despite the string of arrests, law enforcement has only just scratched the surface of the one-time drug empire. FBI documents state that Silk Road consisted of 146,946 buyer accounts and 3,877 vendor accounts from Feb. 6, 2011 to July 23, 2013. The site presumably facilitated $1.2 billion in transactions during its two-and-a-half year run.

As for the latest arrestees, U.S. Magistrate Judge John Acosta ordered three of the four held in federal custody pending trial, only allowing Reder to go free under conditions of pre-trial supervision. The trial is scheduled to take place during a seven-day period beginning Feb. 18.

You can view the entire indictment against the four defendants below.

Indictment against four alleged Silk Road meth dealers

http://mashable.com/2013/12/19/silk-road-meth-dealers/

 

Inside the World of a Silk Road Drug Dealer

The Internet’s most popular drug marketplace is down for the count.

The FBI seized and shut down Silk Road and arrested its alleged founder, Ross William Ulbricht (previously known as “Dread Pirate Roberts”), on Tuesday. Prior to that, Silk Road operated in relative plain view for more than two years. The site used privacy software like Tor, which allows for anonymous Internet browsing, and the virtual currency Bitcoin in an attempt to make its users’ transactions and identities untraceable.

Over the past few months, Mashable communicated with several Silk Road vendors to gain an understanding of the site’s inner workings. Most dealers we contacted did not respond — all but two. One told us in great detail about his or her experience with Silk Road but would not let us quote from the interaction. The other, a user named “Angelina,” agreed to an online interview.

We communicated with Angelina using Silk Road’s internal messaging system. For the purposes of this interview, we will refer to Angelina as a female, although she declined to answer questions about gender. Even within the site, which is supposedly secure, Angelina insisted we encrypt our correspondence.

Angelina was rated as a five-star dealer on her user page, with approximately 1,000 postings from buyers who gave overwhelmingly positive feedback. One user called her the Silk Road “angel” for the quality of service she provided. Angelina made nearly 10,000 transactions over the course of a year and a half, selling marijuana and other drugs.

In the exchange with Angelina, we learned about her past business experience, privacy tactics and her approach to selling drugs (it’s just like any other online retail venture, she says). Below is a lightly edited transcript of the interview.

Mashable: Where are you based?

Angelina: I won’t reveal this directly, but will answer that we are a number of people and operate from several locations including out of country (we are multinational!). In a sense, we are an importer, manufacturer and pack-and-ship retailer.

How old are you?

Ages range between mid-20s and late 30s.

How were you introduced to Silk Road?

I discovered the site accidentally while perusing a message board where it was mentioned. [I was] very curious about the technology in use (Tor and Bitcoin) and the open nature of commerce available, so I jumped in.

Do you think Silk Road is the future of selling drugs?

Of course — either SR [Silk Road] or something very similar.

There is a market for people who are willing to go to dangerous neighborhoods to buy or sell drugs

There is a market for people who are willing to go to dangerous neighborhoods to buy or sell drugs, risking law enforcement or violence. But there is a much, much larger market for buyers and sellers who are less willing to take those risks but will open their wallets without concern from the comfort of their home.

 

Where do you get your product?

We’ve negotiated wholesale relationships with several overseas manufacturers and distributors. This, in a sense, is how we actually make our money, as it’s critical to purchase at bulk pricing.

Did you deal on the street before this technology was available? If so, can you speak to the differences?

No way. My background prior to this was running a $2 million company which I sold nearly a year before getting into this after deciding I needed a major change of pace in my life.

What’s the closest you have ever come to getting caught?

This is difficult to answer, as it’s hard to know how well we are known or what level of interest there is in finding us. We use many techniques to maintain anonymity wherein the goal is to make it much more costly to find us than it would be worth.

Have you ever met anyone else associated with Silk Road in real life?

No, it is impossible to meet other people in person and still maintain enough anonymity.

Many people have ulterior motives or would compromise their ideals given the right set of circumstances.

Many people have ulterior motives or would compromise their ideals given the right set of circumstances.

Fairly closely. The hope is that the NSA does not possess a super computer that can crack our encryption fast enough for it to be worth it. In other words, by the time they put the required effort into decrypting and compiling enough data to advance, we will be long gone — either out of the business or on to better methods.

In a recent AMA on Reddit, someone claiming to be a former Silk Road dealer said he made hundreds of thousands of dollars before leaving the business because he had a child. How much money have you made using Silk Road? At what point would you consider leaving the market?

“Hundreds of thousands” is the beginning. As with any business, we have revenue and expenses. Many dealers have no business background or experience so couldn’t really tell you how much they are truly making after all of their expenses or risk aversion costs. We are in a business where demand exceeds supply and markups are in the 1,000% range for certain products. Our largest costs are in security and employing trustworthy people.

I would exit the market if it seemed that our security was at risk, or if the market were to become so saturated with small-time vendors that the margin began to dry up.

Do you think that at a certain point, drug dealing becomes immoral? If so, where do you draw the line?

We have chosen to only sell products which carry little risk of overdose or damage if taken improperly. I have reservations about vendors who would sell such products because of the extreme level of responsibility they have to market their product correctly and truthfully.

That being said, this is clearly an underground market where each person must make up his or her own mind about what is moral or immoral.

What else do you think people would be interested to know?

 

We are much less of a drug “dealer” than you might think, and more of an Internet retailer.

We are much less of a drug “dealer” than you might think, and more of an Internet retailer. We receive orders, process them, pack them, ship them. Day after day after day. We negotiate deals to obtain product at good pricing, research shipping methods and materials, and spend a lot of time comforting nervous first time buyers and tracking packages.

 

Can you provide any further information about how you run your business?

It runs like a small Internet retailer/packing and shipping company. We use accounting software to manage our finances and we pay taxes. We’ve built an order management system to track our inventory and shipping. We had to build the order management tool with a significant level of built in security — but that still let us get some visibility into how many days of inventory we have, whether business is up or down, where our costs are, etc.

There is some division of duties to help with the load and provide some elasticity to our workforce since we can experience significant order volume fluctuations.

As a day to day “job,” it feels much like it might feel to work at any other Internet retail company.

As a day to day “job,” it feels much like it might feel to work at any other Internet retail company.

 

Do you ever have to deal with Silk Road administrators? If so, can you describe those interactions?

Occasionally. I feel we have a good relationship with the admins and that they provide a fair service. Without the site or the admins, we’d be forced to also be in the website business, the security business and a number of other specializations.

Why did you decide to speak with me? Are you worried you might anger the Silk Road community?

I’m certain our story is like many other sellers on the site. There is a negative public image of Silk Road but also a strong fascination. I think it’s good for business to keep the site in the public’s eye. The “illicit substance industry” has been around a long time, but traditionally run by shady characters, thugs and outright criminals. This site enables customers and sellers who would never associate with dangerous people to just get down to business and transact whatever they want without a lot of fear.

 

 

 

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A Gaston woman was arrested late Tuesday after a Delaware County sheriff’s deputy sent to her home reported finding methamphetamine and “plastic smoking devices” in her possession.

Jaimie Lynn Goodyear

Jaimie Lynn Goodyear, 36, was preliminarily charged with possession of both meth and paraphernalia.

The deputy responded to a report of a possible overdose at a home in the 6500 block of West Delaware County Road 950-N and reported finding Goodyear “laying on the bed in the fetal position with no covers and no clothes, shaking and rolling around.”

Another resident of the home reported Goodyear had been “acting very strange” for more than a day. An empty prescription bottle that had contained suboxone, frequently prescribed for opiate addiction, was also found near the bed.

The Gaston woman was examined at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital before being taken to the Delaware County jail.

Goodyear, then of Muncie, was convicted of possession of meth in 2011. She also was convicted of driving while a controlled substance in her system in Randolph County in 1999.

 

 

 

 

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Police found a methamphetamine lab inside an Independence home Tuesday night after an hours-long SWAT standoff.

The standoff began about 6:15 p.m. after police say 38-year-old Joseph Wagner barricaded himself inside a home in the 3900 block of Pathfinder Court, said Capt. Tony Lucas, Independence Police spokesman. Wagner, of Covington, had a shotgun with a shortened barrel and threatened to harm himself, Lucas said.

Joseph Wagner

Authorities had been called to the vacant home by the owner who was having work done on the home. Wagner had been working on the home, Lucas said.

The Kenton County SWAT Team and Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force responded. After several hours of negotiations, Wagner was taken into custody without incident.

He underwent an evaluation at St. Elizabeth, police said. Wagner was charged with wanton endangerment and possession of a control substance. He was also likely to face manufacturing methamphetamine charges to be filed by the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force and federal firearms charges from the ATF, Lucas said.

Wagner was expected to be booked into the Kenton County jail Wednesday afternoon.

BILLINGS — A Lockwood man whose son is charged with shooting him during an argument over a drug debt has been sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison for dealing methamphetamine.

U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy sentenced Walter Jack White on Monday to nine years for possession of meth for distribution followed by three-and-a-half years on weapons charges, The Billings Gazette reported.

Molloy held White responsible for the distribution of 32 and-a-half pounds of meth, a quantity he called “extraordinary.”

“He ended up getting shot by his son,” Molloy said. “Thirty two-and-a-half pounds of methamphetamine coupled with guns and violence is as about as serious as you can get.”

White, 53, told Molloy he got addicted to meth and when he tried to get out of selling it, suppliers threatened him.

White acknowledged getting meth from Tomas Alvarado of Turlock, Calif., who is serving a 30-year prison sentence for his role in the conspiracy.

White’s son, Brandon White, is charged with assault with a weapon and jailed on $150,000 bond. Court records say Brandon White told investigators he shot his father in the back in January during an argument over a $10,000 debt.

Walter White was arrested in March after law enforcement officers investigating the shooting searched his residence and found four ounces of meth, valued at about $10,000, two handguns and more than $15,000 in cash.

The investigation into the shooting netted several arrests in a string of storage unit break-ins by defendants who told investigators they were trying to raise money to pay debts they owed Walter White.

 

 

 

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Right before one of the busiest shopping days of the whole year, the Nicholasville Police say they found a man cooking Meth inside a Walmart bathroom.

At about 8:30 AM Wednesday, Walmart employees called police and asked them to check on an incoherent man who had been in the bathroom a long time.  When police arrived they say they found James Prater passed out, holding Meth, and making it,”

“When they searched his backpack that he had with him they saw what appeared to be a mobile Meth lab actively cooking in his backpack, which obviously was a potentially volatile situation,” said Sgt. Scott Harvey, Nicholasville Police.

Police evacuated the store, and shut it down for two hours while detectives cleaned up the Meth lab.  Customers were shocked, in disbelief, and also inconvenienced.

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“Waiting in line, and everybody was told to leave the facility, leave the building, so I had to leave my cart and everything else,” said one shopper.

Police say Prater was using the “One pot” method,” which usually stays self-contained, but it’s still a safety threat.

“These small one cook, one method lab are dangerous, if vapors escape from them, but it’s pretty small, but it’s just one of those things if one person gets affected, then it’s too many,” said Sgt. Harvey.

Police say they don’t know much about Prater’s Past, and if he had cooked inside the Walmart before.   The police charged Prater with manufacturing Meth, possessing Meth, and possessing drug paraphernalia.

 

 

 

 

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany Dougherty drug agents say they’re losing the battle against methamphetamines. They’ve seized three times as much meth this year as they did last year, and much of it may be coming from Mexico. Drug agents say a purer, cheaper form of meth has made its way to Southwest Georgia. And it could become a major epidemic.

A small packet of crystal meth that has a street value of a few hundred dollars could be the beginning to a new wave of narcotics.   “It’s a trend that we’ve been talking about that would come.  And not so much seeing more meth labs, but what we’re seeing is more meth product,” said Major Bill Berry, Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit.

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Agents say they’ve seen an increase in highly addictive drugs like ice stemming from Mexico. Last October, they seized 492 grams of the purer narcotic, the largest they’ve ever had at one time.

“Southwest Georgia has become a hub.  Meth has become a very big product.  North Georgia’s been eat up with this for several years now,” said Berry.

Berry estimates 75-to-80 percent of other crimes like theft, robberies and prostitution are connected to drugs as addicts look for ways to support their habit. And agents can’t keep up.

“It’s changing.  It’s a simpler process to make.  It’s easier to make.  It’s quicker to make.  And so it draws the attention.  I mean you don’t spend but a few hundred dollars and you make a few thousand.”

While meth is becoming more common on the streets, Berry says another monster could soon move in.

“It’s become a huge problem.  Not just meth, but everything.  There is so many varieties and so many different accesses to get from pills to spice to heroine is gonna become a problem before long.”

He says increasing prices for pills could catapult meth use and a market for cheaper heroine.     “People cannot afford to pay 30 and 40 bucks for a pill and all, when they can pay that much and get enough heroin for a day or so.”

And the public, he says, can help with the war on drugs by cooperating with law enforcement.     Major Berry says agents seized one-Million-dollars of drugs off the streets last year. But he estimates it may only represent a fifth of what’s actually out there.

Officers urge the public to immediately report any unusual activity in their neighborhoods to authority. They say all tips will remain anonymous.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.walb.com/story/24254598/meth-tougher-to-beat-than-kudzu

 

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Mobile meth lab busts have more than tripled within the last two years, according to data released by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

 Sheriff Leon Lott said statewide the use and manufacturing of methamphetamine is on the rise, specifically labs found in motels.

So far this year, the sheriff’s department has received 23 calls of reported meth labs, 6 of which were at hotels and 3 included deputies being exposed to hazardous chemicals, Lott said.

Fifteen meth labs were reported last year in Richland County and 7 labs were reported in 2011, according to data.

“The proper clean up of these labs and dumps is not occurring and is posing additional risk to the community,” Lott said. “Without proper clean up, there are residual contaminations capable of causing serious injury or death.”

Lott said the department is aggressively working to stop methamphetamine use, sale and manufacturing because of the extreme dangers associated with it.

“Human exposure to the ingredients, used to create this drug, can cause severe illness or death,” Lott said. “Normally, human exposure causes respiratory problems because of the acids, ammonias, lithium and ether that are used in its creation. They also pose a flammable or explosive danger.”

Lott added that sometimes labs are cleaned improperly leaving behind chemicals that are extremely dangerous and due to the danger of improperly handled clean ups, the sheriff’s department is working closely with the Richland County Fire Marshal’s Office and Richland County Emergency Services Division.

“In an effort to raise awareness to these dangers deputies, fire marshals and emergency services personnel will begin labeling locations where clandestine meth labs have been found,” Lott said.

Anyone who may see or smell a possible meth lab is asked to report it to authorities.

 

 

 

 

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House was also site of apparent murder-suicide

A little blue house that used to be on Queen Road is now a pile of debris.

The destruction was a relief to some neighbors.

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More than 40 meth labs have been found in St. Johns County since 2011 in cars, apartments, houses and hotel rooms, among other places.

“We’re so happy it’s gone,” said Leslie Doucette, who remembers when the Queen Road property was the site of a fatal shooting and multiple methamphetamine lab investigations.

Meth labs or items used to make meth had been found on the property more than once, and the house was deemed unsafe for human habitation and ruled a hazard to the community, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office.

A sheriff’s office detective said one lab test showed the contamination inside the house was 1,800 times the level considered dangerous. Another meth-contaminated residence was torn down on Powell Road in March.

In September 2010, 207 Queen Road was the site of an apparent murder-suicide. According to police reports, Francisco Gutierrez, 47, fired multiple rounds outside the home as Harry Lee Brano, 71, tried to leave in a vehicle. Brano was found dead and slumped over a wheel, and a SWAT team found Gutierrez dead inside the home.

After the murder-suicide, the neighborhood got some unwanted attention, said Dale Pickett. He spoke with about a dozen people afterwards who came around looking for the “murder house.”

A couple of years later, deputies found an active meth lab on the property. Six months later, after serving a search warrant, deputies found an inactive meth lab.

Eventually, the house was boarded up and signs were posted outside warning people to stay out.

Pickett, who has lived in the neighborhood for about 20 years, said after the house was boarded up, people came to the property all the time.

“The cops were always over there chasing people off,” he said.

He hopes another house will be built on the property.

Nancy Hollingsworth has lived in the neighborhood for 31 years.

“It’s sort of a mixed feeling,” she said about the demolition.

She knew the original owners, and said they were nice people. Then the house was sold. Once the meth lab was discovered, the “peaceful neighborhood” wasn’t the same.

“It was unnerving,” she said.

Other than 207 Queen Road, the neighborhood has been quiet, she said.

“It’s strange,” she said as she stood in her driveway near the pile of debris.

“It’s gonna be different when it’s all gone.”

Doucette, who has lived on Queen Road for 20 years, remembers her husband being evacuated as police surrounded 207 Queen Road during the murder-suicide. She also remembers what happened over the next few years before the house was boarded up — people yelling in the front yard and awake at strange hours.

Doucette spoke from her driveway, groceries in hand.

“It’s sad that it had to come to this,” she said.

 

 

 

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