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  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | August 20, 2013 1:12 PM
    LOS ANGELES ( — 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 ^ | 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...
  • Ted Haggard says he’s leaving the Springs

    02/07/2007 6:01:46 AM PST · by XR7 · 31 replies · 1,449+ views
    The Gazette ^ | 2/7/07 | JENNIFER WILSON and PAUL ASAY
    Ted Haggard, founder and former senior pastor of New Life Church, plans to leave Colorado Springs and move to Iowa or Missouri to return to college, according to a message he e-mailed Sunday to some church members. Haggard’s family has been “offered two places” in the Midwestern states, Haggard wrote. He and his wife, Gayle, will go back to school together, but Haggard didn’t specify what college or university they would attend. “We are both planning on getting our masters in Psychology so we can work together serving others the rest of our lives,” Haggard wrote. The nationally known minister...
  • Step Away from the Cold Medicine - Government's drug war fuels meth problem

    12/23/2006 1:37:38 PM PST · by neverdem · 302 replies · 4,940+ views
    Fox News via Reason ^ | December 21, 2006 | Radley Balko
    Last month, President Bush declared Nov. 30 "National Methamphetamine Awareness Day."The official statement from the White House implored, "I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate programs and activities."There's no question that meth is a particularly nasty, vicious drug, both in how it's manufactured and in what it does to the people who use it. I think some skeptics have raised legitimate questions about the accuracy of some of the more hysterical media proclaiming we're in the midst of an "epidemic," but there's no question that the drug is widely available, and that...
  • Breaking: Press release regarding Ted Haggard

    11/04/2006 2:16:36 PM PST · by loreldan · 127 replies · 5,113+ views
    New Life Church ^ | 11/04/06 | staff
    We, the Overseer Board of New Life Church, have concluded our deliberations concerning the moral failings of Pastor Ted Haggard. Our investigation and Pastor Haggard's public statements have proven without a doubt that he has committed sexually immoral conduct. The language of our church bylaws state that as Overseers we must decide in cases where the Senior Pastor has "demonstrated immoral conduct" whether we must "remove the pastor from his position or to discipline him in any way they deem necessary."
  • Meth lab indicators and officer safety

    07/20/2006 5:33:47 AM PDT · by radar101 · 2 replies · 444+ views ^ | 20 JULY 2006 | Scott Buhrmaster
    Last week's PoliceOne report of two major fire and house explosions in Kansas City has yielded questions related to the volatility of Meth lab settings. Although PoliceOne is aware of no investigatory indication that the Kansas City situation has any relation to drug activity, the sudden and extreme explosions that disintegrated these structures conjures up images of the kind of explosive results that volatile Meth labs can have. With that in mind, we felt it an appropriate time to share some insights into how officers can determine whether they're faced with a Meth lab setting, and some do's and don'ts...
  • Eatery owner faces forgery, drug charges (Walla Walla Washington)

    05/20/2006 3:24:34 PM PDT · by Spunky · 15 replies · 1,800+ views
    Union-Bulletin ^ | 5-19-06 | Vicki Hillhouse
    A federal investigation results in the arrest of Jesus `Jesse' Juarez and two others so far. With a marketplace inside, the stucco-faced La Hacienda restaurant has always been considered more than a place to eat. But police say the business known additionally for its fresh-baked goods, selection of CDs and long-distance telephone cards has also been a front for illegal immigrants seeking forged documentation. The paperwork, including Social Security and permanent resident alien identification cards, could help with getting jobs, housing assistance and other necessities. Law-enforcement officials also contend the business owner has been connected with the distribution of drugs....
  • Life sentence for WF store owner (Wichita Falls,Tx)

    04/02/2006 8:44:01 AM PDT · by Sally'sConcerns · 8 replies · 1,667+ views
    KSWO-TV 7News ^ | 04/02/2006 | KSWO staff
    Wichita Falls,TX(7News) A Wichita Falls convenience store owner is going to prison for life for selling ingredients to make meth. The bust happened at the Krystal Mart store in April of 2004. The drug task force says owner Reza Vafaiyan was selling more than 80,000 tablets of pseudoephedrine, which prosecutors say could have produced more than $4 million worth of meth. A Wichita County jury sentenced Vafaiyan to life in prison for the crime.
  • War On Drugs A Joke To Ex-Cop

    03/01/2006 7:37:05 PM PST · by winston2 · 80 replies · 1,285+ views
    Media Awareness Project ^ | Tue, 28 Feb 2006 | Jay Bergstrom
    WAR ON DRUGS A JOKE TO EX-COP In Norm Stamper's world, the "drug store" is a place that is much different from what generally comes to mind. The 28-year police veteran of the San Diego police department and former Seattle police chief wants to see all street drugs legalized, firmly regulated and sold just like we sell alcohol today. And his "shopping list" includes marijuana, cocaine, heroin, even crystal methamphetamine. "The more dangerous the drug, the more addictive and the greater the potential for health risks, the greater the justification for regulation," he said last week in a phone interview...
  • "Full House" Star Admits Meth Problem

    02/02/2006 7:29:15 AM PST · by Borges · 89 replies · 1,992+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 2/01/06 | Sarah Hall
    Former Full House cutie Jodie Sweetin has earned herself a spot on the lengthy list of child stars gone wrong. During an appearance on Good Morning America Wednesday, Sweetin, who played middle sister Stephanie Tanner on the hit sitcom, revealed that she is a recovering meth addict and once battled a daily drug habit. The ex-actress, 24, said she had trouble figuring out how to adjust to a regular childhood existence after Full House ended its run in 1995. "There is a certain sense of loss when a series ends," Sweetin said. "It is kind of hard to figure out...
  • This Is Your County on Meth

    01/20/2006 12:23:01 PM PST · by JTN · 154 replies · 3,822+ views
    Slate ^ | Jan. 19, 2006 | Jack Shafer
    Another bogus survey from the National Association of Counties. The dukes of deception who run the National Association of Counties are insulting your intelligence once again with a half-cocked "survey" about the methamphetamine menace. Now, before I commence, let me assert that I know all about the dangers—and the pleasures, such as they are—of methamphetamine. While correspondence from readers detailing their personal meth sufferings or those of a family member will cause my Gmail inbox to swell, not even the most horrific testimonial will persuade me to recant what I'm about to write. Thank you. The survey in question, titled...
  • Speed Bumps at the Pharmacy - How someone else’s meth habit leaves you with a runny nose

    11/23/2005 9:22:34 PM PST · by JTN · 72 replies · 3,244+ views
    Reason magazine ^ | November 23, 2005 | Jacob Sullum
    At my local drugstore, shelves of cold and allergy medicine have been replaced by merchandise cards hanging from metal rods. If I want to buy one of these remedies, I have to take the corresponding card to the pharmacist's counter, wait in line, show my ID, and sign a register. This procedure, required by an "emergency order" from Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, is supposed to prevent me from using the pseudoephedrine in products such as Sudafed and Dayquil to cook up a batch of methamphetamine in my garage. If you're not lucky enough to live in a state with similar...