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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.

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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.”

Border Patrol Discovers Meth-Laced Candy at a Checkpoint Near Mexico

Meth-laced candy, via Border Patrol

Meth-laced candy, via Border Patrol

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol has made an alarming discovery – candy laced with methamphetamine.

The Desert Sun reports that agents discovered several boxes of the candy at a checkpoint on Highway 86 near the Salton Sea.

Drug-sniffing dogs led agents to candy, which was inside a 2012 Nissan Frontier being driven by a 48-year-old man.

The tamarind candy, which was labeled in Spanish, tested positive for methamphetamine.

The DEA is now investigating.

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Liquid Meth Is No. 1 Drug Crossing Border Because of Cheaper Ingredients

dea-badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Forget marijuana and cocaine.

The No. 1 drug entering the U.S. from the Southwest border is liquid methamphetamine, KSAT.com reports. 

“The Mexican cartels have figured out a very effective way to massively produce very low cost, inexpensive methamphetamine year-round,” said Wendell Campbell, spokesperson for the DEA’s Houston division.

One reason it has become so popular is the price, which has dropped from $21,000 per kilo in 2010 to $10,000 last year.

In just the past few years, the DEA has witnessed a 350% increase in seizures.

Some of the chemical ingredients come from China.

The substance is mixed with gas or acetone and heated over an open fire to make it crystallize.

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Are Drones the Drug Mules of the Future? DEA Says It’s Not Cost-Effective

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The recent discovery of a drone carrying methamphetamine near the U.S. border in Mexico has raised some eyebrows.

But the DEA said drones will not become tomorrow’s drug mules because they are not cost-effective, the Los Angeles Times reports.

“This method will only allow a small amount of drugs to be flown at a time, and that coupled with the ease of detection, does not make this method very profitable to these drug trafficking organizations whose motivation is money,” DEA spokeswoman Amy Roderick said.

It wasn’t immediately clear where the recent drone was heading, though one media report suggested the unmanned aircraft system was carrying drugs from one Tijuana neighborhood to another.

“While we would not call using drones a new trend in smuggling, we do know that drug trafficking organizations will use any and all means to get their drugs in the United States,” said Roderick.

DEA Investigator Received Sexual Favors in Exchange for Bogus Offers of Reduced Sentences

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Federal methamphetamine cases against 11 people may be in limbo after a DEA investigator in Roanoke, Va., admitted he received sexual favors in exchange for bogus offers of reduced sentences, WDBJ 7 reports

Kevin Moore admitted the offenses two weeks ago, and now many of the cases have been delayed to determine how to proceed next.

Some of the defendants were awaiting sentencing, while ethers were headed to a jury trial next year.

So far, investigators said they don’t have any evidence that Moore mishandled the 11 cases.

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Federal Crackdown Leads to Arrests of 55 Suspected Members of Violent Crips Gang

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The longtime San Diego gang is known for its ruthless violence, from execution-style murders to the shooting of a pregnant woman.

Now U-T San Diego reports that federal authorities nabbed most of the 55 suspected members of the West Coast Crips in pre-dawn raids Thursday, changing them with crimes spanning from murder and armed robberies to prostitution drug dealing.

The suspected mastermind, Randy Alton Graves, was among those arrested.

The crackdown came on the heels of phone surveillance and undercover drug buys, authorities said.

The startling wiretaps reveal that the gangsters “think nothing about murdering rivals in San Diego and they think nothing of executing their own, when their own are even suspected of being disloyal,” U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy said at a news conference.

Seized in the raids were 16 guns, more than 4 pounds of meth, 4,400 pounds of pot and $300,000 in counterfeit money.

5 Extradited in Plot to Smuggle N. Korean ‘Breaking Bad’ Quality Meth into U.S.

By Michael Winter
USA Today

Five foreigners extradited from Thailand to New York have been charged with conspiring to smuggle Breaking Bad-quality methamphetamine that was produced in North Korea, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.

The suspects — two from Britain and one each from Taiwan, the Philippines and Slovakia — were arrested in September as part of a sting operation that nabbed a former U.S. sniper instructor nicknamed “Rambo,” the alleged mastermind of a plot to import narcotics and kill a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent. They arrived in the United States on Tuesday night and were due in court Wednesday

U.S. authorities said two men — Ye Tiong Tan Lim and Kelly Allan Reyes Peralta — belonged to a Hong Kong crime syndicate that supplied the 99%-pure meth produced in North Korea. Last year, authorities in Thailand and the Philippines seized 30 kilograms — more than 60 pounds. That led to the DEA sting, during which the suspects allegedly agreed to provide confidential informants with 100 kilos of Hermit Kingdom meth that would be smuggled across the Pacific.

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