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Departing DEA Leader in El Paso Warns of Cartels Smuggling Heroin, Meth to U.S.

Getting HighBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As the leader of the DEA in El Paso prepares to leave his job for a promotion to lead the Houston Division, he warned that the Mexican cartels are continuing to expand their heroin and meth trafficking business. 

“Every day we try to answer the prayers of those parents who are praying that drugs, violence and crime will pass over their children,” Will R. Glaspy said in an interview last week with El Paso Times

Glaspy, who served more than three years as the special agent in charge of the DEA’s El Paso Division, is scheduled to start working in Houston on Sept. 18.

Glaspy said drug cartels are turning away from marijuana in favor of meth and heroin.

The El Paso Times wrote:

During his time in El Paso, Glaspy said that his agents handled cases such as the arrests of Sinaloa-cartel affiliated drug traffickers in El Paso, Albuquerque meth traffickers and “Operation Crystal Mountain,” which targeted meth dealers on the Mescalero Apache Reservation.

The No. 1 priority in the El Paso region is fighting Mexican drug cartels, with the No. 2 priority being “community impact cases” that target local drug-dealing groups, Glaspy said.

DEA agents deal more with border drug-trafficking issues in El Paso, Las Cruces and Alpine, which covers the vast Big Bend area.

“Basically, what we are trying to do is target command-and-control of the Mexican organizations sending the drugs up here,” Glaspy said.

Drug Smugglers Face Stiff Penalties for Trying to Smuggle Meth in Penis-Shaped Candles

Penis-shaped candles were stuffed with crystal meth.

Penis-shaped candles were stuffed with crystal meth.

A group of drug smugglers was arrested Wednesday and face stiff sentences after trying to hide crystal meth in penis-shaped candles.

Five suspects, including three Mexicans who were in the country illegally, were arrested after authorities found 1,300 pounds of candles stuffed with drugs in a New Jersey warehouse, the New York Daily News reports

“It’s kind of a cross between ‘Breaking Bad’ and a ‘Sex in the City’ case,” mused one law enforcement source.

They face up to five years in prison.

The sting was a joint operation by the DEA, Homeland Security and NYPD.

“DEA has seen drugs smuggled in numerous ways: concealed in puppies, lollipops, furniture and produce. But secreting a million dollars’ worth of methamphetamine in wax candles of various shapes is shocking,” said DEA Special Agent in charge James Hunt. “This seizure signifies that drug trafficking organizations are determined to create a stronghold of meth users in the Northeast.”

FBI Raids Dozens of Homes in Indiana As Part of Major Drug Investigation

FBI file photo

FBI file photo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI agents working on a major drug investigation raided dozens of Indianapolis homes early Thursday morning.

The raids began around 6 a.m. and appear to involve methamphetamine in central Indiana, Call 6 reports. 

It wasn’t immediately clear how may people were arrested at 8:30 a.m. today.

The FBI plans to release more details later today.

The FBI was assisted by the DEA and the Indiana State Police.

The FBI declined to comment this morning.

Drug-Sniffing Border Patrol Dogs Help Find Nearly 100 Pounds of Meth

File photo of a Border Patrol agent.

File photo of a Border Patrol agent.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Drug-sniffing dugs for the Border Patrol alerted agents to a massive amount of methamphetamine over the weekend near the El Centro Sector.

The Desert Sun reports more than a combined 100 pounds of meth was confiscated.

The first seizure came Saturday afternoon when a dog alerted agents to the car, which had nearly 43 pounds of meth, which has a street value of more than $170,000. Two U.S. citizens in their 20s were arrested.

On Sunday afternoon, another dog alerted agents to van. An inspection uncovered more than 55 pounds of meth. Two American citizen in their 30s were arrested.

DEA: Homegrown Pot Operations More Dangerous Than Meth Ones

Photo by Steve Neavling.

Photo by Steve Neavling.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA claims that homegrown marijuana operations are more dangerous than meth ones.

Meth labs are known to contaminate houses and spontaneously combust, causing serious damage.

But QZ reports that the DEA has turned its attention to marijuana grows because they are increasingly leading to property damage.

According to the DEA, many houses where pot is grown are haphazardly retrofitted with ventilation, high-powered lights and air-conditioning.

“Marijuana grows often cause extensive damage to the houses where they are maintained,” the DEA concludes. “Much like the ‘meth houses’ of the 1990s, many of these homes may ultimately be rendered uninhabitable.”

Border Patrol Agents Find $600,000 Worth of Liquid Meth in Texas

These containers were filled with liquid meth.

These containers were filled with liquid meth.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents seized more than $600,000 worth of liquid methamphetamine in Eagle Pass, Texas, while conducting checkpoint operations.

San Angelo Live reports that canines alerted agents to possible narcotics in the vehicle.

“The profit from these narcotics are more important to the criminal organizations than the negative impact they have on communities,” said Acting Del Rio Sector Chief Matthew Hudak. “I commend our agents for their hard work and dedication in removing these drugs from our streets.”

The liquid meth was found in shampoo bottles.

The driver was arrested and turned over to the DEA.

Feds, Tribal Officials Bust Up Meth Trafficking on Reservation with 34 People Charged

Mescalero Apache Reservation, via Wikipedia.

Mescalero Apache Reservation, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA and tribal officials cracked down on methamphetamine trafficking on the Mescalero Apache Reservation in southern New Mexico following an 18-month investigation, filing drug charges against 34 suspects, the Las Cruces Sun-News reports. 

The sting dismantled there drug trafficking organizations and led to the seizure of more than 22 pounds of methamphetamine.

The investigation began after an increase in drug-related violent crime on the reservation of 4,000 people.

“Given the disproportionate negative impact that methamphetamine has on our tribal communities, the significance of the results of this investigation cannot be overstated,” U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez said. “More than 75 percent of law enforcement agencies that work in Indian Country identify methamphetamine as the greatest drug threat faced by tribal communities.”

A whopping 40% of the violent crimes committed on the reservation involved meth, Martinez said.

Other Stories of Interest

Teacher, Her Husband Arrested on Methamphetamine-Related Charges

Theresa Stroud

Theresa Stroud

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Parents have enough to worry about when sending their children off to school.

In Midland, Texas, a teacher and her husband were arrested over the weekend on methamphetamine-related charges, My San Antonio report.

DEA agents arrested the couple, Theresa Renee Stroud, 47, and Stacy Stroud, 52, who were being held in jail awaiting bond.

Federal officials were staking out the couple for more than a moth before making the arrest.

The good news: Officials don’t believe Theresa Stroud brought the drugs into her classroom.

“I know that when they apprehended her that she had narcotics on her,” Sheriff Gary Painter said. “She was booked into jail and they found some more during the booking process.”

Stroud resigned from Lee High School.

“MISD was made aware of the arrest of Lee High School teacher, Mrs. Theresa Stroud, over the weekend,” MISD Superintendent Ryder Warren said in the release. “I have accepted a resignation from Mrs. Stroud this morning, so she is no longer an employee of the district.”