Latest news: 08-20-2010
$80 million in drugs seized in Calif. home
CA - After a year-long investigation, deputies in Gilroy, Calif. swarmed a house and found nearly 500 pounds of drugs worth $80 million. They say it’s the biggest drug operation they’ve ever seen. Scattered across the kitchen, living room, bedrooms and garage, they found hundreds of pounds of meth and 20 kilos of cocaine. Investigators wore gas masks and hazmat suits to stay safe from the chemicals as they investigated the home. “They were taking powder methamphetamine and using solvent to convert them into a smoking form which is known as ice," Special Agent Cooke told the Central Coast News. A year ago, an undercover agent made a low-level street buy that eventually led three police departments and the Department of Justice to the home.
Man sentenced to 62 years for meth production
IN - A Lafayette man convicted of cooking methamphetamine in a north-end garage was sentenced Thursday to 62 years in prison. Jurors found Corey N. Fletcher, 33, guilty of conspiracy to manufacture meth, a Class A felony, and information of illegal drug lab, a Class C felony, following a two-day trial last month in Tippecanoe Superior Court 1. Judge Randy Williams then found Fletcher guilty of being a habitual offender -- a punishment enhancement that accounted for significant number of years to Thursday's sentence. Fletcher was one of three people charged after the Lafayette Police Department's Street Crimes Unit found an active meth lab in a garage on Oct. 21, 2009. According to court documents, his co-defendants, Wesley A. Hampton, 33, and Walter R. Kujawa Jr., 32, both of Lafayette, were inside the garage.
Meth dealer "menace to community" gets 20 years in prison
A 36-year-old man from Austin, Minn., has been sentenced to 20 years in prison on methamphetamine distribution charges. Jason Lee Reinartz was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Minneapolis after pleading guilty last year to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 or more grams of the drug. "The investigation revealed that Jason Lee Reinartz was responsible for the distribution of large quantities of the addictive drug methamphetamine in the greater area of Austin, Minnesota, where he distinguished himself as a menace to the community," Dan Moren, of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's Twin Cities field office, said after the sentencing.
Ragland, Ala. cops bust rolling meth labs
AL - Four people were arrested by the Ragland Police Department Thursday in connection with shake-n-bake meth labs and the illegal purchase of pseudoephedrine. Police Chief James “Bubba” Brown said those arrested were Shannon Carlisle, Jessie Warren, Shondale Campbell and Jeff Lehr, all from Ragland. Officer Robert Davis arrested Carlisle and Warren around 5:15 p.m. They were stopped on Lock 3 Road. Carlisle was arrested for the illegal purchase of pseudoephedrine, while Warren was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Carlisle made bond, but Warren is being held without bond since he is on probation. Brown said Campbell and Lehr were arrested on a traffic stop at about 8:30 p.m. “They were actually doing the shake-n-bake while driving the roadway,” Brown said. “They had been to Blount County and were on their way back into Ragland when we stopped them on Jackson Loop Road.”