A recent drug seizure in Lawrence County marks the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics’ first case of flavored crystal methamphetamine in the state.
Authorities suspect powdered strawberry Quik, a drink mix, was used in the manufacturing of the substance. Laboratory testing is ongoing.
Hosie Anthony Carter Preston of Jefferson Davis County was arrested by MBN during a traffic stop on June 22 on U.S. 84 in Monticello, said Delores Lewis, spokeswoman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.
One gram of methamphetamine, 3 grams of marijuana, a Glock 9mm semi-automatic pistol and $16,000 were seized, MBN Director Marshall Fisher said.
“As seizures go, 1 gram is small. But we don’t like to see a new marketing technique come in,” Fisher said. “It could be something we’ll never see again. But in all likelihood, we probably will.”
The strawberry Quik-flavored drug has been reported in California, Texas, Minnesota, Missouri, Idaho, Nevada and New Mexico, according to information provided to MBN by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Fisher said.
While this is the agency’s first reported case, it is possible the drug has been found in the state before and was not reported to MBN, Fisher said.
“We don’t really see a trend for strawberry Quik meth in the state now, but our influx sources may bust wide open in a few months,” Fisher said. “Meth is still a problem in Mississippi.”
“It has traditionally been a poor man’s cocaine.”
Marijuana is the most-used drug in the state, followed by cocaine and methamphetamine, Fisher said.
The number of seizures of methamphetamine labs is down 65-75 percent, Fisher said.
He attributes that to a law enacted in 2005 that limits sales of over-the-counter medicines containing pseudoephedrine and similar substances used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.
But the influx of “Mexican” or “ice” methamphetamine, which is manufactured in facilities called “super labs” that produce large volumes of the substance, has increased, Fisher said.
“You may not have taken chemistry in high school or college, but you’d be able to manufacture meth,” Fisher said.
Ingredients used in its manufacture include iodine, ether, ephedrine, lithium, Freon, sodium metal and sulfuric acid.
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07/02/2007 01:36 PM MDT
Perez-Gonzalez, 51, and his partner, Maria Hernandez, both of Nampa, were arrested on October 25, 2006, following an eight-month investigation into the couple’s methamphetamine trafficking operation.
The investigation was conducted by the Idaho State Police, Canyon County City-County Narcotics Unit, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Beginning in March 2006 and continuing until October 25, 2006, federal agents and local police officers purchased large amounts of meth from both Perez-Gonzalez and Hernandez at several locations in Nampa.
Both were charged in federal court on several counts of drug trafficking. Perez-Gonzalez pled guilty in April 2007. Hernandez was found guilty of several counts of drug trafficking after a jury trial in April 2007.
Perez-Gonzalez was sentenced on June 28, by U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Boise.
After serving his 13-year prison sentence, Perez-Gonzales will be on supervised release for five years. Because he was in the United States illegally, he will most likely be deported. Perez-Gonzalez also agreed to forfeit his interest in a large amount of cash seized from him during his arrest and two real properties in Nampa.
Hernandez will be sentenced on August 20th. The court has yet to decide whether she will be required to forfeit her interest in the two Nampa properties named in the Indictment.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
Another round of grand jury indictments that were handed down in December were unsealed today in Bingham County, keeping officers from around Eastern Idaho busy taking drug offenders off the streets. Kristi Henderson has been following this story.
The unsealing of today’s indictments is the third go-around for Bingham County – sending a clear message to the community that drugs are not going to be tolerated.
Law enforcement entered homes, taking drug violators into custody.
Det. Paul Newbold, Blackfoot Police Department: “The majority of the drugs that are being dealt with here are meth, marijuana, and heroin.”
…Arrests that take a lot of pre-planning to ensure the safety of everyone involved and to avoid other suspects being tipped off.
“There’s not an opportunity for them to call their friends down the street that we’re here.”
The first arrest came in December, with seven arrests being made. Then in April, Bingham County arrested another 14 people on drug-related charges from grand jury indictments. Today, eight more are behind bars, taking some key players in the drug community off the streets.
Sheriff Dave Johnson, Bingham County: “These aren’t just small people; these aren’t just ones out here using. These are the ones selling to your children and my children and other people within the community.”
Five more offenders were charged with various drug activity. Law enforcement says that there are more indictments that still need to be unsealed.
“They don’t even know if somebody’s going to be going to be hitting their door early in the morning. They don’t know what we have or if their names are on the list.”
…Thanks to a task force dedicated to attacking a serious problem.
Chief Dave Moore, Blackfoot Police Department: “We’re going to clean up the drug problem in Bingham County.”
Chief Moore also wanted to thank the other agencies who assisted them today in the arrests, including Soda Springs and Chubbuck Police Departments, Bannock and Bonneville County Sheriff’s Offices, Idaho Probation and Parole, and the Department of Health and Welfare.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
June 29, 2007
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has replied to the pleas of a new mother and former meth addict who may soon be headed back to prison.
“As governor it would be inappropriate for me to get involved in individual court cases,” Otter said in a letter sent this week to Kendra Goodrick.
Goodrick, 29, wrote to the governor for help earlier this month after the Idaho Court of Appeals ruled 1st District Judge John Mitchell didn’t have the authority to place her on probation more than a year and a half ago.
While on probation, Goodrick married and had a baby. Her son, Jameson, is nearly 3 months old.
“We really, really thought he was our hope,” Goodrick said Thursday after receiving Otter’s letter in the mail.
Otter’s press secretary, Jon Hanian, said about a dozen people wrote to the governor supporting Goodrick. They received responses replies from Otter’s office similar to the letter sent to Goodrick.
The governor said he had his staff contact the heads of the Commission of Pardons and Parole and the Department of Corrections.
Otter said those departments “have done their best to address (Goodrick’s) concerns.”
He said the case is under the jurisdiction of the courts, though, and there’s nothing the Commission of Pardons and Parole or Department of Corrections can do to help Goodrick.
Otter encouraged her to “seek qualified legal representation.”
Goodrick’s public defender did not return calls seeking comment on Thursday. A hearing has been set for July 19 in front of Mitchell for a motion her attorney made asking that the time she spent on probation be credited toward her sentence.
It’s unclear when Goodrick will be returned to prison to serve the rest of her sentence for felony meth charges. At a minimum, she may spend six months in jail.
For the breastfeeding mother, the biggest concern is the time she’ll be away from her son.
“If anything, I’ve been trying to spend as much time with him while I can and cherish what might possibly be the last time we have together for a while,” she said.
Since her public appeal for help, Goodrick said she has had an overwhelming response from the community. A local church called offering to adopt her family.
A woman contacted Goodrick and offered to fly her husband, Tony Martinez, and the baby to Southern Idaho to visit her in prison and help with daycare. An anonymous Spokane man sent $5 to the newspaper for Goodrick.
The Women, Infants and Children program offered to provide her with an electric breast pump to use while she’s in lockup, and jail staff said they’d give her access to an electrical outlet so she could continue supplying breast milk for the baby.
“People do really want to help and that’s a wonderful feeling,” Goodrick said. “It makes me grateful to live in this community.”
Some response has been negative, Goodrick acknowledged. Some say even though she has been clean and sober for two years, she must suffer the consequences for the crimes she committed in the past.
“I still don’t feel any resentment toward Judge Mitchell or my lawyer,” Goodrick said. “If I hadn’t done the crime to begin with, none of this would have happened.”
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The detective was treated for minor injuries to both of his legs at the local hospital.
It happened when the driver was stopped by the detective and the detective tried to arrest the driver on a felony warrant for possession of methamphetamine. But as the officer approached the car, the man drove away, striking the officer.
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Reporter: Kristi Henderson
Meth Project Poster Winners
June 27, 2007 06:46 PM
The Idaho Sheriff’s Association is actively working to raise awareness of the ever-growing methamphetamine problem.
They recently sponsored a poster contest, and Wednesday, the winners were announced in Bingham County.
Seven young women were recognized for their poster depicting the damaging effects of meth. Three young ladies took second place, winning $100 each. The other four took first place, taking home $200.
The winning posters will be highlighted in the Idaho Sheriff’s Association Magazine, on their website and on the Bingham County Sheriff’s website.
Winners and law enforcement hope the posters send a clear message of the dangers of meth.
Jayme Fisher, contest winner: “That kids learn a good lesson out of it. That meth is bad for them and they shouldn’t even try it once because you’ll get hooked.”
Amanda Otterstrom, contest winner: “It’s not impressive or attractive. So just stay away.”
Sheriff Dave Johnson, Bingham County: “We want to get that message to our kids – that’s the ones we are really worried about getting involved with a drug so dangerous as meth is.”
Only 26 posters were selected in the State of Idaho and Sheriff Dave Johnson says he is proud seven of those came from Bingham County.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
BOISE – A robust economy appears to be luring largely law-abiding new residents to Idaho, the third-fastest-growing state, as the crime rate declined again in 2006, in categories such as murder, burglary and hate crimes.
The 2006 crime rate slipped another 3.5 percent for the most serious offenses, compared to 2005, according to the Idaho State Police’s annual crime profile released Friday. There were 6,162 crimes per 100,000 residents, the report shows.
From 1999, the first year for which statistics are immediately available from the Idaho State Police, the crime rate per 100,000 residents fell nearly 10 percent, according to an Associated Press analysis of data.
In the same period, the state’s population has grown about 17 percent, or more than 210,000 people, to some 1.46 million. Idaho’s population growth is outpaced only by Arizona and Nevada.
In 2006, Idaho’s gross state product increased 7.4 percent to $45.3 billion, double the national pace. Meanwhile, unemployment has been below 4 percent for 25 months in a row.
Law enforcement agencies say these factors are among those helping keep Idaho’s crime rate in check.
“Compared to other larger or even comparable (states), we stack up pretty good,” said Rick Ohnsman, an Idaho State Police spokesman.
Still, Idaho prisons are filling up faster than ever, in part due to another reported increase in sex crimes and drug convictions, the latter stemming largely from continued methamphetamine abuse problems. Sex crimes rose 13.5 percent, and drug violations rose more than 9 percent last year, jumping for the fourth year in the last five.
Law enforcement agents seized more than 42 pounds of meth, an illegal stimulant, in 2006.
Based on the current rate of inmate population growth, a consultant hired by the state said this month that Idaho will likely have to make room for 5,560 more inmates during the next decade, in new prisons costing more than $1 billion. The state currently has about 7,000 inmates in eight prisons.
The 2006 crime profile is based on information provided to the Idaho State Police by 108 law enforcement agencies.
By the numbers
According to the report:
•90,264 “Group A” offenses in 2006, including murder, assault, rape, kidnapping, arson, bribery, and drug crimes, a 0.8 percent decline from 2005
•State’s crime rate fell 3.5 percent from 2005
•31 murders in 2006, compared to 41 in 2005
•Burglary slipped 5.2 percent to 7,256 and theft declined 7.2 percent to 25,445
•2,364 car thefts in 2006, a 14 percent drop from 2005
•20 hate crimes compared to 27 in 2005
•Drug and narcotics violations, together with drug equipment violations, rose a combined 9.2 percent to 13,617
•Forcible rape, sodomy, sexual assault with an object and fondling combined rose more than 13.5 percent to 1,813 reports, compared to 2005Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
Police acting on anonymous tip seize meth, cash and handgun; arrest man Monday morning
TWIN FALLS – A whopping 2.8 pounds.
That’s how much methamphetamine Twin Falls police recovered early Monday morning, along with a handgun and about $1,900 cash – all thanks to an anonymous tip and a K-9 unit.
And that’s the chunk of methamphetamine that won’t be making its way into Magic Valley needles and pipes this week.
The street value – cut included – is at least $100,000, said Twin Falls police Sgt. Terry Thueson. Meth sells in the Magic Valley for $15,000 to $18,000 a pound, Thueson said.
Arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine is 42-year-old Jorge Naverrete-Sanchez of Twin Falls, who was driving a 1993 Jeep Wrangler with its top down and a license plate that matched the one given by the anonymous tipster.
Twin Falls Police Officer Kevin Loosi stopped Naverette-Sanchez for failing to signal about 1 a.m. Monday. But even before pulling Naverette-Sanchez over, Loosi pegged the Jeep as the vehicle he had heard about on the police bulletin. The K-9 was all the evidence Loosi needed to prove his conviction was right.
Naverette-Sanchez told police he had driven in from California Sunday evening. Police released his son, who was riding with him in the Wrangler, into his mother’s custody.
“We believe that he came through Nevada coming from California,” Thueson said.
Almost 90 percent of meth in the Magic Valley is imported from Mexico via U.S. 93, Idaho State Police Lt. Dan Thornton told a group of addiction specialists at a recent workshop in Twin Falls.
The majority of meth traffickers carry anywhere between several pounds and 40 pounds from Mexico, Rick Jensen, an intelligence analyst with the Ada Metro Narcotics Unit, told the Times-News after the workshop. Naverette-Sanchez’s haul may fit in the lower end of a major shipment bracket.
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June 21, 2007 6:00 PM EDT
Idaho Press-Tribune Staff
BOISE — A Boise man will serve 14 years in federal prison for selling methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Tom Moss said today. Travis Raby, 32, was sentenced before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge at the federal courthouse in Boise Wednesday. The case was investigated by the Canyon County Sheriff Office.
The investigation of Raby began in April 2006, when detectives with the Boise Police Department interviewed a man who had been arrested with an ounce of methamphetamine and more than $20,000 in cash. The man said he frequently bought quarter-pound quantities of the drug from Raby, whom he called “Big T.” In October 2006 another person arrested for possession of methamphetamine told a similar story.
Based on that information, Boise police obtained a search warrant for Raby’s residence, where they seized a quarter-pound of methamphetamine, some marijuana, drug scales and $7,000 in cash. Raby told the officers that he had been selling methamphetamine for five years and estimated that over the past year he had sold an average of two to four pounds a week. A large portion of the drugs sold by Raby came from co-defendant Mike Woods of Payette. Woods pleaded guilty in April of this year to drug trafficking and possession of a firearm in relation to a drug crime. On April 29, Woods was sentenced to 22 years.
Together, Woods and Raby were held accountable by the court for selling approximately 70 pounds of methamphetamine in the Treasure Valley over the last several years.
The case was investigated by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the Ada County Sheriffs Office, the BANDIT unit of the Boise Police Department, the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office and the High Desert Task Force in Payette.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
7:59 PM MDT on Wednesday, June 20, 2007
COEUR D’ALENE – A northern Idaho woman who turned her life around while on probation expects to be ordered back to prison for at least six months after the Idaho Court of Appeals canceled her probation.
Kendra Goodrick married and gave birth to a son while on probation and says she’s worried about missing out on her nine-week-old son’s first words.
She was sentenced to a minimum of four years in prison in 2004 in First District Court after pleading guilty to two counts of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.
She was released early but violated her probation, and then was released again in January 2006 after her attorney asked for a more lenient sentence.
The Idaho attorney general’s office appealed the decision, and the Court of Appeals ruled last month that Goodrick must return to prison.
Prosecutors say she will have to spend about 190 days in prison before she is eligible for parole.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 3 so far )
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