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Mar
07

Who: Kyle Morris
What: Heroin
How Much: Two balloons

A Marietta man was arrested Friday on felony charges of trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs following a months-long investigation, an official said.

Kyle Morris, 28, 103 Muskingum Drive, was arrested during a traffic stop in the parking lot of the Marietta Family YMCA on Seventh Street by officers of the Marietta Police Department, said Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks.

The arrest came after a controlled purchase of heroin Friday at the Speedway on the corner of Seventh and Greene streets. During the transaction, Morris sold two balloons of heroin for $100 to an informant. The sale occurred within 1,000 feet of the Marietta Middle School, which makes the crime more severe, Mincks said.

The traffic stop and arrest took place immediately following the controlled purchase. During his arrest, Morris was found to be in possession of the marked buy money, two balloons of heroin and two bags of syringes.

Morris admitted during his arrest that he sold heroin earlier that evening, Mincks said.

Morris was charged with fourth- and fifth-degree felonies for trafficking in drugs and fifth-degree felony possession of drugs and was placed in the Washington County Jail. He was being held in lieu of bond to await his appearance Monday in Marietta Municipal Court.

According to Mincks, agents with the Major Crimes Task Force utilized a confidential informant to make controlled heroin purchases from Morris as early as Jan. 29. At that first transaction, the informant allegedly paid $100 for two balloons of heroin.

His arrest is one of many coordinated by the Major Crimes Task Force since the beginning of the year. In mid-February, six Washington County residents were arrested on felony charges of trafficking in drugs and on Jan. 29, four people were arrested in a Marietta home on felony charges of possessing and selling cocaine and ecstasy.

Following the February arrests, Mincks said the arrests were not the first and will not be the last made in drug trafficking.

The Major Crimes Task Force is a multi-faceted organization composed of representatives from the Marietta Police Department, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification and the Morgan and Washington County Prosecuting Attorney and sheriff’s offices.

Mar
07

ANGELS CAMP – Calaveras County officials are calling for parents and others who have children in their homes to dispose of unused prescription drugs to prevent the medications from potentially being abused by young people.

Educators and parents in recent months have been shocked by several incidents in which children were found to be distributing and using dangerous prescription medications at school.

In December, nine children were arrested at Toyon Middle School after an investigation turned up students in possession of Vicodin and evidence that children had also used methadone. Then, in early February, the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department announced it had arrested two students at Calaveras River Academy in San Andreas after they were found to be at school while under the influence of Soma, a brand name for the muscle relaxant carisoprodol.

One of the Calaveras River students was among the students arrested, and then expelled, from Toyon in December.

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department, the County Office of Education, Mark Twain St. Joseph’s Hospital and a variety of other county agencies are teaming up to educate parents on the prescription drugs and how to prevent abuse by children.

The agencies will offer two free parent education nights: 6 p.m. Wednesday at Bret Harte Union High School in Angels Camp and 6 p.m. Thursday at Calaveras High School in San Andreas.

Calaveras County Substance Abuse staff and Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit officers will be on hand to offer tips for discussing drugs with young people, steps for securing medications and how to recognize the signs of drug abuse.

For information on the parent education nights, call Calaveras Unified School District Superintendent Mark Campbell, (209) 754-2301.

In addition, various agencies will offer a Drop Off Your Drugs Day to make it possible to safely dispose of unused medications. During the day, officers from the Calaveras County Narcotics Enforcement Unit and Angels Camp Police Department will collect prescription medications and illicit drugs with no questions asked.

Drop Off Your Drugs Day will be March 20. The hours and sites will be:

» 9 a.m. to noon, Feeny Park parking lot, Murphys

» 9 a.m. to noon, Lake Tulloch Shopping Center, Copperopolis

» 9 a.m. to noon, Angels Camp Police Department, Angels Camp

» 1:30 to 5 p.m., West Point Elementary School, West Point

» 1:30 to 5 p.m. Toyon Middle School parking lot, San Andreas.

For information on Drop Off Your Drugs Day, call Rudi Leon at the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department, (209) 754-6385.

Mar
07

Who: Not yet released
What: Prescription Drugs
How Much: More then 15,000 bottles Assorted

Police investigating the source of a gas odor at a northern New Jersey home instead found thousands of pills and other prescription medications worth $5 million.
Fairview Police Chief John Pinzone says three men and a 17-year-old boy were found inside the home Thursday night. Pinzone says they were using lighter fluid to remove labels from pill bottles and boiling cinnamon in a pot to mask the smell.
A search uncovered about 15,000 bottles of various prescription painkillers, AIDS medications and other pills. The prescriptions were written for multiple people and filled at pharmacies in New York and New Jersey, but authorities aren’t sure how the four acquired the drugs or what they intended to do with them.
Well, I’m pretty sure i know what they intended to do with them and i have no police training whatsoever. Sounds like New Jersey’s finest are just that, like all po-lice officers, The Finest. 😉

Mar
06

Who: Randy Still, Sarah Spallinger
What: Meth
How Much: 7 Pounds

Authorities in Macon County say they’ve discovered the biggest meth making lab in the county’s history.

Police say they found seven-pounds of the drug in the 800 block of north 33-rd street.

Two people are facing charges

Randy Still — the home’s owner — and his girlfriend Sarah Spallinger.

Police say most meth labs now-a-days are much smaller operations.

That’s thanks to new laws that prevent people from stocking up on Meth ingredients.

But no matter what how big or small it is, neighbors living near the home can’t believe their worst fears came true.

Illinois state police say they haven’t found a lab this size in a while.

A similar operation was stopped in Danville last august.

Still is in jail on 50-thousand dollar bail.

via Historic Macon County Drug Bust.

Mar
05

A second correction officer has been fired from Bartholomew County Jail as the internal investigations into alleged misconduct continue.
Roy Sturgeon III, a 2½-year civilian employee, violated departmental rules and regulations by “failing to report unethical behavior that impacted upon the operation of Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office,” Sheriff Mark Gorbett said.

Jail Sgt. Jacob Hopkins, a three-year civilian employee, was fired earlier this week due to the alleged misconduct that involved the location of a suspected bag of cocaine in the booking area of the jail during the booking of a prisoner.

Five-year Columbus Police Department Patrolman Matthew Stephenson has been placed on paid leave due to the alleged misconduct. CPD administrators said Stephenson will remain on leave until the outcome of an internal investigation. The suspected bag of cocaine was discovered in the booking area of the jail Feb. 2 after a prisoner was booked on a preliminary charge of dealing cocaine.

Hopkins wrote a report that said the bag was found on the prisoner’s coat, and turned over the bag to Stephenson for evidence in a CPD case. However, Hopkins later altered the report to state that the bag was found on the floor next to the prisoner’s coat. Hopkins was fired for falsifying the first report, Gorbett said. Sturgeon picked up the bag and told Hopkins to whom the coat belonged. He did not report Hopkins or Stephenson’s actions, which the sheriff determined was unethical.

CPD has not revealed the allegations against Stephenson. Deputy Chief Maj. Matt Myers said the department will release more information at the resolution of the internal investigation. Myers said he hopes to have the investigation completed within the next few days. Gorbett said the sheriff’s department internal investigation into the jail should be finished this weekend. Indiana State Police are conducting a separate investigation into the alleged misconduct to determine if any criminal behavior was conducted.

Mar
05

Criminal informants are a powerful weapon in law enforcement. Snitches typically provide incriminating information about someone in exchange for lighter treatment for themselves. But there is a dark side to the popular practice. In “Snitching: Criminal Informants and the Erosion of American Justice,” published by New York University Press, Alexandra Natapoff explores the hidden, unregulated tradeoffs that officials increasingly accept. Natapoff, a professor of law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, isn’t seeking a ban on plea bargaining but she wants to raise public awareness of the practice’s disturbing results and encourage improvements.

More…

Mar
05

Who: David Cole
What: Marijuana, Guns
How Much: “Hundreds of Pounds”

ORANGE COUNTY, FL — A marijuana drug trafficking operation headed by David Cole, a student at the University of Central Florida, is no longer in business.

Detectives raided 12 houses Thursday morning in Orange, Seminole, Polk and Lake counties where hundreds of pounds of marijuana were found.

They also confiscated guns and cash and issued 41 arrest warrants.

Investigators have been watching Cole’s operation since September 2009.

Once they determined who the suppliers and distributors were, they began to shut down their operation.

Authorities say they were averaging about $750,000 a week selling high-grade level marijuana that they flew in from California.

via 41 arrested in major drug bust | abcactionnews.com.

Mar
05

The newest product on the “Legal High” market are a number of spice brand named products that contain synthetic cannabinoids. The new research chemicals do not cause a user to test positive for THC, which has been a big hit for people that are anticipating drug testing from the law or employers. These spice products are normally sold at local head-shops in almost every area of the United States.

The products in this category have been around for several years, however since they are sold as incense or aroma therapy treatments, they remain legal in most areas of the United States.

One product in particular the we have taken a close look at is the brand Kind Spice, which is sold in Indiana. Kind Spice has tested positive for the chemical JWH-018, a legal cannabinoid produced mainly in China for research  purposes. It is readily avalible through a number of online vendors and can be shipped right to your doorstep.

JWH-018 and several other similar chemicals were invented by Dr. John Huffman at Clemson University in 1995 during medical research on the effects of cannabinoids on the brain.

Little testing has been done with humans to determine the side effects, however the toxicity in rats was very low.  Most users agree that these spice products are a great alternative to marijuana.

Action has been taken in areas such as Kansas to outlaw these products on a state level. The DEA considers jwh-018 to fall under the analog category, meaning that it is illegal if  sold or posesed for human consumption. As of right now JWH-018 is not specifically scheduled with the DEA.

It is very likely that these products will not remain legal for very long. This ‘synthetic pot’ is said to be up to 800 times stronger than THC, milligram per milligram. I’m sure that we will hear that fact blasted over and over again in upcoming negative propoganda ads from the government.

Some users are reportedly “stocking up”, anticipating future prohibition.

Mar
05

Who: Michael Womack, Nikema C. Parker
What: Marijuana
How Much: 4.2 Pounds
Two Lake County residents were charged with drug-related crimes after accepting a package of marijuana sent to them from Arizona through the United Parcel Service, police said.

Nikema C. Parker, 33, of the 2300 block of 14th Street in Waukegan, and Michael Womack, 26, of the 3000 block of 20th Place in North Chicago, are free on bond after receiving the package delivered Tuesday afternoon by an undercover officer posing as a UPS delivery driver, said Sgt. Christopher Thompson of the Lake County Sheriff’s Department.

Both are due back in court on April 7.

Daily Herald | Cop posing as UPS agent makes drug bust.