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  • Nigerian agents arrest 4 Mexicans allegedly helping build meth 'super lab'

    03/20/2016 2:02:31 PM PDT · by BeadCounter · 13 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | March 14, 2016 | Fox News Latino
    The four Mexicans apparently wanted to be pioneers of sorts. But they were breaking the law in a big way, Nigerian officials say, to achieve that distinction. Nigerian drug agents say they have arrested four Mexicans who were helping to build a methamphetamine "super lab." It is believed to have had the potential to rake in billions of dollars, the nation's National Drug Law Enforcement Agency said Monday. Spokesman Mitchell Ofoyeju said it was the first industrial-scale production of crystal meth found in West Africa, and possibly on the continent. "The Nigerians invited the Mexicans in to leverage their expertise...
  • Burning Man 2016 Ticket Information

    02/04/2016 10:12:05 AM PST · by rktman · 23 replies
    tickets.burningman.org ^ | 2/4/2016 | unknown
    Welcome to the 2016 Burning Man Ticket Page. This is the official source for information about Black Rock City 2016 tickets. For more background information about changes this year, please read the post on the Burning Man Journal.
  • Woman with pistol in vagina charged with unlawful carry

    09/09/2015 10:02:23 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 126 replies
    WFAA ^ | September 8, 2015 | Josh Davis
    WACO, Texas – Officers searching a woman after a traffic stop found a fully-loaded pistol in her vagina, Waco police said. Just before 11 p.m. Monday, officers stopped a 1998 Toyota Land Rover at 15th and Blair in north Waco for a traffic violation. During the stop, officers discovered the driver of the vehicle, Gabriel Garcia, 30, was allegedly had 2.7 grams of methamphetamine under his driver's seat. A further search of the car allegedly uncovered another 29.5 grams of meth and weighing scales in the purse of the female passenger, Ashley Cecilia Castaneda, 31. Because the traffic stop occurred...
  • Manifesto purportedly sent by Virginia gunman cites ‘race war

    08/26/2015 1:01:48 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 62 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 25, 2015 | Neetzan Zimmerman
    A fax attributed to Vester Lee Flanagan claims the slayings were a response to the Charleston mass shooting. An apparent suicide note received by ABC News on Wednesday morning and attributed to Virginia shooting suspect Flanagan, aka Bryce Williams, claims the killing of two reporters during an on-air interview was motivated by the Charleston church shooting and a desire to incite a “race war.” ABC News says a man identifying himself as both Flanagan and Williams — Flanagan's on-air name — first contacted it several weeks ago. The man asked for a fax number, claiming he wanted to pitch the...
  • Washington Post: ‘We Are All Dylann Roof’ and 'Southern Whites Are Monsters'

    06/23/2015 8:02:20 PM PDT · by drewh · 64 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | June 23, 2015 | 9:36 PM EDT | Bryan Ballas
    Following tragedies such as this mass murder in South Carolina, most people resort to prayer for the families of the victims. On The Washington Post website on Friday, Baltimore City Paper writer Baynard Woods was preoccupied with transforming the murderous rampage of a single person into a discourse on the collective guilt of white racism in the most over-the-top manner as possible. Woods, a self-described white South Carolinian, contended that there is only one way to fix this racial violence fostered by white supremacy, “it is up to white people to rescue white people from our own worst selves, from...
  • Two 21-Year-Olds: What's the Difference Between Jordan Spieth and Dylann Roof?

    06/22/2015 11:39:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | June 22, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: A friend of mine sent me a note over the weekend. "Two 21-year-old young men. One of them over here, clean and pure as the wind-driven snow. Two-time golf major championship champion: Masters, USA. Jordan Spieth, University of Texas. Greate family, live in Texas, wholesome, everything you would want and expect in an American family. Over there. "Over here, you have 21-year-old Dylann Roof, who looks like one of the Three Stooges, and of course who walked into a church and shot nine people dead. Two twenty-one year olds. What's the difference? How do you explain one and the...
  • Ben Carson slams rivals who 'dare not call this tragedy an act of racism'

    06/22/2015 9:58:41 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 85 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/22/2015 | Ben Kamisar
    Presidential candidate Ben Carson is challenging his Republican rivals to link last week's attack on a historically black church to racism. “Not everything is about race in this country. But when it is about race, then it just is," Carson wrote in a USA Today op-ed published Monday. "So when a guy who has been depicted wearing a jacket featuring an apartheid-era Rhodesian flag walks into a historic black church and guns down nine African-American worshipers at a Bible study meeting, common sense leads one to believe his motivations are based in racism." Carson, the only black candidate running for...
  • A Moral Moment

    06/20/2015 6:59:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 20, 2015 | Bill Murchison
    Each in his own way, each to a wholly different purpose, the pope and Dylann Roof, the suspected Charleston gunman, have hold of something major. Which is -- I trust I do not surprise anyone -- the failings of the liberated human spirit. Let's see what we can do with this improbable pairing. First, consider Pope Francis. To quote a Wall Street Journal headline, "Pope Blames Markets for Environmental Ills." Markets? Meaning what? Meaning the virtually uninhibited choice that economic markets offer consumers: I'll have some of this; I'll have some of that. For the environment's degraded condition the pope,...
  • Obama: America Must Come To "Grips" With Gun Violence "Collectively"

    06/18/2015 11:23:13 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 85 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | June 18,2015 | Pam Key
    Thursday while making a statement about the Charleston church shooting, President Barack Obama raised the issue of dealing with guns and gun violence. Transcript as follows: This morning, I spoke with Vice President Biden and with Mayor Joe Riley and other leaders of Charleston to express our deep sorrow over the senseless murders that took place last night. Michelle and I know several members of Emanuel AME church.
  • Mexican Cartels Try to Create a Market for Meth in New York City

    04/25/2015 11:12:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 83 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 4/21/15 | VICTORIA BEKIEMPIS
    Law enforcement agencies have long wondered why methamphetamine, which ravaged so many American communities from the 1990s until the mid-2000s, didn’t take hold in New York City. Because the New York City metropolitan area is the largest illegal drug market in the country, and because demand has been so high elsewhere in the U.S., the city’s law enforcement for decades “has always been anticipating a meth outbreak,” explains James Hunt, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York Division. “We’ve just never seen it take off to the same degree,” Hunt tells Newsweek. Try Newsweek for only...
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: Police Discover $33,000 in Momaday Artwork at Abandoned Meth Lab

    02/07/2015 8:17:26 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 8 replies
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | February 6, 2015 | Elise Kaplan
    Police discover valuable Momaday art in condemned apartment Art showed up in a surprising place last week, when a police officer discovered more than $33,000 worth of prints by renowned artist Al Momaday in a condemned property in the Northeast Heights. According to the incident report, an Albuquerque police officer accompanied city officials who were boarding up an apartment known to him as a site for stashing stolen property. He spotted a portfolio box on the floor containing 72 prints by Momaday, a Native American artist from the Kiowa tribe in Oklahoma. The artist lived on the Jemez Pueblo for...
  • Troopers: False rape accusation led to killing in Fairbanks [ Alaska ]

    01/09/2015 2:18:22 PM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | January 8, 2015 | Dorothy Chomicz
    A false accusation of rape allegedly caused a Barrow man to beat his cousin to death in a Fairbanks hotel room Wednesday morning, according to Alaska State Troopers. Abraham S. Stine, 39, was charged Thursday with one count of second-degree murder for beating Wesley Lord, 37, to death at the Extended Stay Hotel on Old Airport Way. His girlfriend, Dominique Natalie Vasquez, 31, also of Barrow, was charged with one count of second-degree murder for her actions during the incident. According to charging documents, Vasquez had been smoking methamphetamine and drinking alcohol with Lord and two other men — one...
  • AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd charged with attempting to have 2 men killed

    11/06/2014 7:10:56 AM PST · by rktman · 23 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 11/6/2014 | tim hume
    Phil Rudd, the drummer for legendary hard rock band AC/DC, has been charged with attempting to have two men killed. The 60-year-old appeared in a New Zealand court Thursday afternoon facing a count of attempting to procure the murder of two men, said Bay of Plenty Police District representative Kim Perks.
  • SC Man: Sorry I Was Naked in Walmart, But I Accidentally Took Meth Instead of Ecstasy

    04/26/2014 10:53:48 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 62 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 23, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    A South Carolina man is feeling remorseful after his unfortunate visit to his local Walmart in Tega Cay, where he showed up wearing nothing but black running shoes.According to the Associated Press, the man, Kevin Hughes, took his naked stroll into Walmart's Health and Beauty section around midnight - and doesn't remember much from the trip.  Yes, AP says, drugs "may" have been a factor..  Hughes admits that he occasionally uses ecstasy, but accidentally took methamphetamine, which triggered the naked excursion to the retail chain:
  • WH Report: Chronic Marijuana Users Up 84% in 10 Years

    04/01/2014 3:52:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 1, 2014 - 2:21 PM | Ali Meyer
    The number of chronic marijuana users—defined as those who used it on four or more days in the past month—increased 84.3% between 2000 to 2010, according to a RAND Corporation report commissioned by the White House. “In January 2012, the U.S. White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) asked RAND to generate national estimates of the total number of users, total expenditures, and total consumption for four illicit drugs from 2000 to 2010: cocaine (including crack), heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamine (or meth),” says the report, What America’s Users Spend on Illicit Drugs: 2000-2010. …
  • Meth Lab Discovered Inside Chamblee Hotel (Georgia)

    01/26/2014 6:18:08 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 28 replies
    WSB-TV 2 Atlanta ^ | Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 | WSB-TV 2 Atlanta
    Meth lab discovered inside Chamblee hotel DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Investigators dismantled meth lab found at a DeKalb County hotel Saturday night. Channel 2 Action News was at the scene as the Georgia Bureau of Investigations began their investigation. Our crews watched them, armed with search warrant, go inside and investigate the meth lab. The owner of the Lodge on Buford Hotel only meant to evict a tenant who hadn't paid his bill, but he found himself calling Chamblee police. “When the officer got here, the tenant had actually left. He went inside with the owner of facility and found...
  • Deputies Arrest Beaverton (OR) Man After A Series Of Strange Events

    12/28/2013 9:08:24 PM PST · by CreviceTool · 26 replies
    http://www.flashalertportland.net ^ | 12/23/13 | Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
    On Sunday December 22nd around one o'clock in the afternoon Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office began taking reports of a male acting erratically in the 9000 block of Brooklake Road NE, near Salem. A male later identified as Andrew Frey age 37 called a locksmith and refused to pay for the services rendered to him. After refusing to pay the locksmith, Mr. Frey walked into the Brook's Market where he refused to leave until an employee escorted him off of the property. After leaving Brook's Market, Mr. Frey entered Iggy's Bar & Grill where he sat down inside...
  • Outrage as Toy Company Creates 'Crystal Meth Lab' for Children with Breaking Bad Play Sets

    09/08/2013 4:37:15 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 71 replies
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 8 September 2013 | Mia De Graaf
    Outrage as toy company creates 'crystal meth lab' for children with Breaking Bad play sets • 500-part set has all the drugs paraphernalia used in hit American series • Lego refused to sanction or endorse the toy, which was made by independent company Citizen Brick • Twitter users blasted £160 toy as an inappropriate plaything Children can now build their own drug dens with a shocking new play kit inspired by TV show Breaking Bad. The sell-out £160 kit, branded 'SuperLab', lets any child or adult recreate Walter White's notorious crystal meth lab. Complete with protective masks, drug paraphernalia, figurines...
  • Coroner, family link Michael Hastings to drug use at time of death

    08/20/2013 5:35:57 PM PDT · by South40 · 75 replies
    LATimes ^ | 8/20/2013 | Andrew Blankstein
    Journalist Michael Hastings, who was killed in a fiery Los Angeles crash in June, died of "traumatic injuries" as a result of the accident and had traces of drugs in his system, Los Angeles coroner's officials said Tuesday. Hastings, 33, died June 18 in a single-vehicle accident. His car burst into flames and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Coroner's officials said Hastings had traces of amphetamine in his system, consistent with possible intake of methamphetamine many hours before death, as well as marijuana. Neither were considered a factor in the crash, according to toxicology reports.
  • Journalist Michael Hastings had drugs in system when he died, coroner’s report says

    08/20/2013 1:46:54 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 35 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 8/20/13 | ap
    The Los Angeles Coroner’s Office says journalist Michael Hastings, who won fame writing the Rolling Stone article that ended General Stanley McChrystal's career, had drugs including amphetamines and marijuana in his system when he was killed in a fiery car crash in June. However, a toxicology report states the amphetamines, likely meth, were "unlikely to have an intoxicative effect at the time of the accident,” and that Hastings likely ingested the marijuana hours earlier. Hasting’s cause of death was massive blunt force trauma, and the coroner determined he likely lost consciousness upon impact and died within seconds.
  • Coroner Classifies Michael Hastings’ Death As Accidental

    08/20/2013 3:39:25 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 45 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | August 20, 2013 1:12 PM
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles County Coroner Tuesday classified journalist Michael Hastings’ death as accidental. Hastings, 33, died in the early morning hours of June 20 when his Mercedes crashed into a tree at a high rate of speed in Hancock Park. The coroner listed traumatic injuries sustained in the accident as his cause of death. Toxicology tests also discovered that a “small amount of Methamphetamine and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) was detected. Levels indicate prior, but not recent usage,” the report stated. Hastings, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, won a George Polk Award for magazine reporting for his...
  • CVS requesting ID for nail polish remover, in effort to curb ‘meth’ production

    08/11/2013 1:47:56 PM PDT · by workerbee · 82 replies
    Fox ^ | 8/11/13
    CVS pharmacy customers are being asked for identification when they buy nail polish remover, WPRI 12 News reports. The policy, which has been rolled out across southern New England in the past few weeks, means customers must show ID and will be limited on the number of bottles of remover they can purchase, according to the station. The drugstore chain says the rule is an attempt to curb the making of illegal methamphetamine, and issued this statement, according to the station: “Because acetone is an ingredient used in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine, we recently implemented a policy that a...
  • Real Life Breaking Bad? Cancer-Suffering School Teacher Arrested With 480g of Crystal Meth

    05/24/2013 3:00:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Friday 24 May 2013
    A maths teacher bearing a striking resemblance to Breaking Bad’s bald-headed drug kingpin Walter White has been arrested in Boston for drug trafficking after being found with two bags of methamphetamine. Stephen Doran’s similarities to the protagonist of the popular AMC show are staggering, with the man working as a high school maths teacher (Walt teaches chemistry) and undergoing treatment for stage three cancer (as does Walt throughout the show). The 57-year-old has been charged by police after being caught with almost a kilo of methamphetamine which he sent to his school in suburban Boston in heat-sealed bags via US...
  • North Korean Diplomats 'Sell Millions of Dollars Worth of Drugs'

    North Korean Diplomats 'Sell Millions of Dollars Worth of Drugs' North Korea sent a large amount of illegal drugs to its embassy in an East European country last December and ordered diplomats there to sell it for cash by early April, a diplomatic source here claims. "South Korean intelligence obtained the information from a North Korean agent who defected recently," the source said. "Similar orders were delivered to other North Korean embassies." North Korea has ordered each diplomat to raise US $300,000 to prove their loyalty and mark the birthday of nation founder Kim Il-sung on April 15. Each North...
  • CA Treasurer Bill Lockyer Calls Off Divorce from Nadia Lockyer, Who's Finished with Meth Rehab

    03/15/2013 9:02:22 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 12 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 03/14/2013 | Josh Richman
    (Stephen Chikhani and Nadia Lockyer made sex tape; cuckholded treasurer Bill Locker poses with his wife) California state Treasurer Bill Lockyer's differences with his estranged wife, former Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer, might not be so irreconcilable after all. The 71-year-old mainstay of state Democratic politics this week withdrew divorce papers he had filed last July against his 41-year-old wife, whose methamphetamine addiction and extramarital affair ended her political career and could have stained his. "He and Nadia have agreed to try and work things out, to try and reconcile," said Tom Dresslar, Bill Lockyer's spokesman. "He's proud of...
  • Agent shot at fleeing woman 10 times from car hood

    12/06/2012 7:12:14 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 20 replies
    Salon ^ | Dec 6, 2012 | By Associated Press
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — An autopsy report says a Border Patrol agent who shot and killed a mother of five after she hit him with her vehicle fired his gun 10 times from the hood of her car as he tried to get the woman to stop
  • Police delay charges to avoid 'astronomical' meth burn costs

    02/27/2012 7:18:08 PM PST · by SmithL · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 2/27/12 | Kristina Goetz
    Sitting in the driver's seat of his Chevy Cavalier, Chris Burns gripped a 20-ounce soda bottle and waited for his "shake and bake" methamphetamine to cook. Then came the explosion and fire. Burns and passenger Bobby Joe Joyner fled as blazing chemicals scorched their skin. When police caught up with the pair, they admitted to cooking meth and causing the explosion while sitting at a stop sign on a rural Fayette County road. But it was months before either faced criminal charges. To have charged the men en route to the hospital would have shifted the burden of paying for...
  • Son, mom, grandpa in Dixie Co. accused of making meth [3 generations of tweekers]

    02/24/2012 8:49:03 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 110 replies · 1+ views
    The Gainesville Sun ^ | February 16, 2012 | Karen Voyles
    The Dixie County Sheriff's Office early Thursday arrested four people representing three generations of a single family on suspicions they were working together to manufacture methamphetamine.
  • Mexican army finds 15 tons of pure methamphetamine (The jokes on us!)

    02/09/2012 7:22:00 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 17 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 02/09/12 | Yahoo News
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican troops have made an historic seizure of 15 tons of pure methamphetamine in the western state of Jalisco, the Mexican army said in a statement released late Wednesday. Soldiers discovered the huge cache in the town of Tlajomulco de Zuniga, a suburb of Mexico's second-largest city, Guadalajara. The statement had no other details but said it would publicly present the seizure on Thursday. Spokesmen answering the phone at the army's base in Guadalajara refused to comment further. No one could say late Wednesday what the largest seizure was previously in Mexico. The United Nations Office...
  • Meth fills hospitals with burn patients

    01/23/2012 9:03:02 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 38 replies
    AP ^ | January 23, 2012 | Jim Salter
    A crude new method of making methamphetamine poses a risk even to Americans who never get anywhere near the drug: It is filling hospitals with thousands of uninsured burn patients requiring millions of dollars in advanced treatment — a burden so costly that it's contributing to the closure of some burn units. So-called shake-and-bake meth is produced by combining raw, unstable ingredients in a 2-liter soda bottle. The influx of patients is overwhelming hospitals and becoming a major factor in the closure of some burn wards. At least seven burn units across the nation have shut down over the past...
  • 3 Mexican brick makers who sought work in Malaysia now face hanging if convicted in drug trial

    04/24/2011 6:03:29 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 44 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | April 24, 2011
    CULIACAN, Mexico — From age 6, each of the Gonzalez brothers learned to make bricks, trudging like nine little chicks behind their father every day before dawn to work in his dusty hilltop brickyard. Three years ago, three of them in their 30s and 40s quit the backbreaking work, saying they had a better opportunity abroad. Now, having escaped the Mexican drug war that leaves dead bodies on the streets of their city of Culiacan almost daily, the brothers face the gallows in Malaysia, standing trial on Wednesday for allegedly working in a factory where police found $15 million in...
  • Feds Uncover Sophisticated Drug Smuggling Ring ( Khat from Somalia )

    03/23/2011 8:46:00 PM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies · 3+ views
    The Indy Channel ^ | February 23, 2011
    Drug Travels From Africa To Indianapolis In 48 Hours. Most residents of Indianapolis, including many in the law enforcement community, have never heard of the drug called khat...over the past three years, hundreds of pounds of the drug have been sold on the streets of Indianapolis, mostly to people of African descent... Khat is a plant that grows plentifully in east Africa, specifically in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia. Users chew the leaves of the plant to release a compound called cathinone, which is considered a "schedule 1" amphetamine and hallucinogen under U.S. law... traffickers used cell phones and sophisticated code...
  • County to seek meth cleanup funds Letter to be sent to Fleischmann (Congressman, TN)

    03/09/2011 8:21:05 AM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 6 replies
    ClevelandDailyBanner ^ | March 8, 2011 | David Davies
    Bradley County Commissioners voted Monday to ask Congress to try to restore federal funding for cleanups of illegal methamphetamine operations. The vote was 14-0 to ask Commission Chair Louie Alford to write a letter to U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann asking him to try to get the funding restored. Bradley County Sheriff Jim Ruth announced two weeks earlier at a Law Enforcement Committee meeting that federal funding for meth “lab” cleanups was cut with only two days’ notice. According to reports, the department averaged two to three meth lab busts a month last year. Removal and disposal of chemicals in an...
  • China in business with drug cartels

    02/07/2011 10:42:14 AM PST · by AuntB · 6 replies
    Examiner ^ | Feb. 4, 2011 | Dave Gibson
    Last week, Mexican authorities seized over 23 tons of ethyl phenylacetate, which is used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. The drug component was discovered at the Pacific port of Manzanillo, in a shipment from China. In April 2010, Mexican officials seized 80 tons of phenylacetic acid and its derivatives shipped from Shanghai, China. Imports of ethyl phenylacetate require authorization from the country’s health ministry, so the shipments are intentionally mis-labeled before leaving China. Last year, an anonymous U.S. official told Reuters that between October and November 2010, Mexican authorities seized 818 tons of chemicals used in making crystal meth. Due...
  • DEA-Led Operation Delivers Over 2,000 Arrests

    06/14/2010 11:11:16 PM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies · 438+ views
    Note: Photos included. NOTE The following text is a quote: DEA-Led Operation Delivers Over 2,000 Arrests FBI, ICE and Mexican Govt. also take part in “Project Deliverance” which leads to the seizure of $154 million and 74.1 tons of drugs, as well as the arrest of a high-priority target DEA Acting Administrator Michele Leonhart Announces Project Deliverance JUN 10 - (WASHINGTON) – DEA Acting Administrator Michele M. Leonhart joined Attorney General Eric Holder to announce the arrest of 2,266 individuals on narcotics-related charges in the United States and the seizure of more than 74.1 tons of illegal drugs as part...
  • Third Man Sentenced for Distribution of Methamphetamine in North Idaho

    06/14/2010 10:41:06 PM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies · 142+ views
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Third Man Sentenced for Distribution of Methamphetamine in North Idaho Michael Ray Opland, 52, of Shoshone County, Idaho, was sentenced yesterday to 188 months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and failure to appear, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced. U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge also ordered Opland to serve five years of supervised release following his prison term. Opland pleaded guilty to the charges in September 2009. Co-defendant Paul Dean Hartman, 44, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, had previously been sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Lynn B. Winmill in January 2010...
  • U.S. arrests 2,200 in Mexican drug trafficking probe

    06/11/2010 5:59:57 AM PDT · by exbrit · 6 replies · 269+ views
    KVOA TUCSON ^ | 6/10/10 | Unspecified
    WASHINGTON - Law enforcement agencies have arrested more than 2,200 people in a 22-month investigation targeting Mexican drug trafficking organizations in the United States, the Justice Department announced Thursday. The probe, called Project Deliverance, focused on the transportation networks that carry methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and marijuana into the United States, with return trips of drug proceeds and weapons. Attorney General Eric Holder told a news conference the initiative struck a significant blow against the cartels, but called it "just one battle in what is an ongoing war." Over 400 of the more than 2,200 arrests were made Wednesday.
  • Drug Gangs Taking Over US Public Lands

    03/01/2010 8:20:22 AM PST · by george76 · 91 replies · 2,926+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 1, 2010 | ALICIA A. CALDWELL
    Some Using Armed Guards, Trip Wires To Safeguard Plots. Not far from Yosemite's waterfalls and in the middle of California's redwood forests, Mexican drug gangs are quietly commandeering U.S. public land to grow millions of marijuana plants and using smuggled immigrants to cultivate them. Pot has been grown on public lands for decades, but Mexican traffickers have taken it to a whole new level: using armed guards and trip wires to safeguard sprawling plots that in some cases contain tens of thousands of plants offering a potential yield of more than 30 tons of pot a year. "Just like the...
  • ‘Nazi speed’ being smuggled here in ever-larger amounts

    02/02/2010 3:14:19 AM PST · by myknowledge · 6 replies · 565+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | February 2, 2010 | Yaakov Lappin
    Police seize 5,000 amphetamine-based ‘Yaba’ pills, often referred to as "Hitler's drug," at Ben-Gurion airport; “It allows Thais to work for two days straight,” senior police source explains. A dangerous and addictive drug that was originally developed by Nazi scientists to boost the endurance of Axis soldiers, and which causes users to become aggressive and violent, is being smuggled into Israel from Thailand in ever-larger amounts, The Jerusalem Post has learned. In Thailand, the methamphetamine-based drug is known as “Yaba” (crazy medicine), and in the West, it is often referred to as “Nazi Speed” or “Hitler’s drug.”
  • Missouri Guardsmen make meth to learn how to identify meth labs

    10/02/2009 9:37:26 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 345+ views
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 10/1/2009 | Matthew J. Wilson/Missouri National Guard Public Affairs
    FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Oct. 1, 2009) — Four Missouri National Guardsmen in the 7th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team based at Fort Leonard Wood recently participated in clandestine lab training at the Missouri Highway Patrol headquarters. The four men, 1st Lt. Nathan Looper of Lynchburg, 1st Lt. Matthew Marks and 1st Lt. Richard Sambolin of Waynesville, and Staff Sgt. Jason Allabaugh of Chadwick, took the course as part of their training, along with law enforcement officials from across the state. The class was primarily geared toward the detection and cleanup of methamphetamine labs. “Now we can look...
  • Way Too Early Williams Jokes: 'A Bit of Meth' To Get Going

    07/30/2009 4:57:39 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 9 replies · 931+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Overcompensation: (psychiatry) an attempt to overcome a real or imagined defect or unwanted trait by overly exaggerating its opposite. Today brings a prime example of the phenomenon: Brian Williams overcompensating for his image as a pampered straight arrow by joking about having a vast staff of servants, looking forward to the prospect of watching some nude male swimming, and, yes, doing meth to get going in the morning. View video here.
  • Meth linked to western Colorado artifact raids

    06/19/2009 1:28:21 PM PDT · by GSWarrior · 24 replies · 1,579+ views
    Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | June 18 | Gary Harmon
    Easy money, sleepless nights lure users, cultural expert says Western Colorado is far from immune to the looting such as that alleged by federal agents after the arrests last week of 24 people in southeastern Utah and southwestern Colorado. There’s a modern twist, however, to the looting that western Colorado and other officials have noted of late: methamphetamine. Law enforcement officials declined to elaborate on incidents in which they have noted the connection between looted sites and meth use, but archaeologists and law enforcement officials said they are aware of the connections. Looting and methamphetamine use have more in common...
  • DEA Task Force Targets Lancaster Street Gang

    04/14/2009 2:26:06 AM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies · 1,075+ views
    US DOJ.GOV - DEA - News Release ^ | April 9, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: DEA Task Force Targets Lancaster Street Gang APR 09 -- (LOS ANGELES) – On April 8, 2009, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Timothy J. Landrum, U.S. Attorney Thomas P. O’Brien and Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announced the culmination of a 12-month investigation targeting the drug trafficking activities of the Lancas 13 street gang. The Lancas 13 street gang is responsible for distributing methamphetamine, cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana throughout the Lancaster and Palmdale areas, and as far away as Ohio. This joint investigation has resulted in 97 arrests,...
  • Police focus on 3 in Vegas boy's abduction (KGO reporting he is found alive in L.V.!)

    10/19/2008 12:05:12 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 8 replies · 940+ views
    chron.com ^ | 10-18-08
    Police focus on 3 in Vegas boy's abduction Grandfather already arrested; police say he may have stolen millions from Mexican drug cartel Associated Press Oct. 18, 2008, 10:25PM1 2 Las Vegas Review-Journal Authorities continued to scour northeastern Las Vegas in their search for Cole Puffinburger. Share Print Email Del.icio.usDiggTechnoratiYahoo! BuzzThe grandfather of a 6-year-old boy who was kidnapped from his home here was held in a Southern California jail Saturday as authorities continued to investigate his relationship with the Mexican drug dealers who allegedly kidnapped his grandson. Clemons Fred Tinnemeyer, 51, was arrested in Riverside, Calif., by FBI agents late...
  • Judge Sentences Pastor, School Bus Driver On Methamphetamine Charge (Rogers, AR)

    07/01/2008 5:37:03 PM PDT · by Coleus · 339+ views
    A Rogers husband and wife who worked as a pastor and school bus driver were sentenced Monday to four years in prison for cooking methamphetamine in their family home. Joseph and Barbara Sisneros pleaded guilty last week to a reduced charge of possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to manufacture as part of a plea agreement between Deputy Prosecutor Drew Ledbetter and defense attorneys Blake Warren and Bobby Digby. "This meth lab was not a small operation," Ledbetter told Benton County Senior Circuit Judge Tom Keith. "Certain people should be held to a higher standard. At best, the court could...
  • Dad Who Burned Kids in Dryer: Thought They Could Have a Good Time Without Money

    03/06/2008 12:08:05 PM PST · by Dysart · 89 replies · 6,886+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 3-6-08
    HUTCHINSON, Kan. — A Hutchinson man is on trial this week on charges he put his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son in a hot clothes dryer. In a videotaped interview with detectives shown in court Wednesday, Aron Pritchard said he put the children in the dryer to show them they could have a good time without much money. An hour later, the dryer had become hot and the boy had second-degree burns.
  • Woman Says She Mistakenly Put Meth Into ATM

    02/14/2008 5:23:55 PM PST · by Renfield · 40 replies · 174+ views
    Kitsap Sun ^ | 2-11-08 | KITSAP SUN STAFF
    BREMERTON, WA An 18-year-old Bremerton woman told police last week that she may have mistakenly placed a bag of meth into a local ATM for deposit into her bank account, according to documents filed in Kitsap County Superior Court. An employee at Kitsap Credit Union told police that a bag of suspected methamphetamine showed up in a deposit envelope to be deposited in the woman's account at an ATM at the 100 block of Washington Avenue. When police contacted the woman, she said that she's used meth and may have accidentally put the bag into the deposit envelope when she...
  • State to send foster child to Mexico

    11/05/2007 6:53:06 PM PST · by hiho hiho · 34 replies · 79+ views
    The Eastern Oregonian ^ | November 3, 2007
    The foster mother of a 2-year-old Oregon boy said Friday she plans to appeal a state decision to send the child to Mexico to live with his grandmother because the father has two attempted rape convictions and his mother has drug problems. "It's the most unbelievable thing that could possibly have happened," Angela Brandt said about the Oregon Department of Human Services decision announced Friday. Brandt - the mother of four children - and her husband, Steve Brandt, had sought to adopt the child after he was placed in their foster care when he was just four months old. But...
  • Strawberry meth seized in search (article from January 29, 2007)

    09/22/2007 10:02:18 PM PDT · by VxH · 30 replies · 790+ views
    Nevada Appeal ^ | January 29, 2007 | F.T. Norton
    A new kind of methamphetamine that has a strawberry flavor and bright pink coloring was seized for the first time in Carson City during a search of a Como Street apartment on Saturday, an official said. "(We are) concerned that this new type of meth will be more attractive to a younger crowd and may surface in schools," said Sgt. Darrin Sloan, commander of the Carson City Sheriff's Department's Special Enforcement Team. "Parents and teachers, please be aware of this new kind of drug that is making its way into our culture." Sloan said SET officers served a search warrant...
  • $206 million in meth money seized in Mexico

    03/16/2007 4:11:02 PM PDT · by LNewman · 20 replies · 2,391+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 16, 2007 | Héctor Tobar
    In the largest cash seizure in Mexican history, authorities confiscated $206 million in U.S. currency from a band of methamphetamine producers headquartered in a ritzy neighborhood here, officials said today. Two of the seven people arrested at the home were Chinese, and authorities said the bust hinted at the vast scope of an illegal drug trade that links Mexico to Asia. ... Mexican drug trafficking organizations have become increasing important in the wholesale and retail trade in methamphetamines in the United States because American authorities have placed tougher controls on the sale of the chemicals used to produce the highly...