Entries in Drug Bust (7)


Apparent ‘Butt Dial’ to Oregon Police Leads to Drug Bust

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOLALLA, Ore.) -- A “butt dial” – an accidental call made without the caller’s knowledge – can result in an overheard conversation and maybe some awkwardness if the wrong thing gets said.  But in a recent Oregon case, the call was beyond awkward: It may have been incriminating.   

Raleigh Reynolds, 25, was arrested on felony drug charges Monday after an apparent “butt dial” to the Molalla Police Department during what the dispatcher believed was a drug deal.

“There have been a lot of laughs about it,” Molalla Sgt. Chris Long told ABC News. “Our job isn’t usually that easy.”

The emergency dispatcher tracked the phone’s GPS signal to an alley next to a local bar, which was located 100 yards from the police department, Long said.

Long added that there were two people on foot nearby, both of whom denied having a working cell phone. The on-scene officer spoke loudly so that the dispatcher could confirm she could hear him through the cell phone.

“In the 13 years I’ve been doing this, I have never had anyone butt dial a drug deal,” Long said. “We have had a lot of people butt dial, which is serious because it can tie up the 9-1-1 system.”

Inside a nearby vehicle believed to belong to Reynolds, the officer found some methamphetamine and a small amount of marijuana, police said. The woman who was with Reynolds had the cell phone in her purse, police said.

Reynolds was jailed on multiple drug charges, released on bail, and is currently awaiting a court appearance. Attempts to reach Reynolds were unsuccessful and police did not know whether or not he had an attorney.

The woman with Reynolds was cited with a violation for less than an ounce of marijuana.

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Ohio High School Kingpin Arrested in Major Drug Bust

Warren County Drug Task Force(LEBANON, Ohio) -- Ohio police have arrested an alleged drug kingpin, a 17-year-old accused of running a multimillion dollar ring that distributed high-grade marijuana through two school districts and netted $20,000 a month.

When cops raided the boy's bedroom at his parents' home, they found over $6,000 in cash, prosecutors said.

Authorities have not released the student's name, because he was a 16-year-old minor at the time he committed the alleged drug deals.  Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said the boy will be tried as a juvenile.

Cops first became aware of a high-grade hydroponic strain of marijuana being sold for $350 to $400 an ounce in the Mason school district near Cincinnati last year.  An undercover agent began making buys at Mason High School, where the teenager was a student, and uncovered a dealing operation headed by the arrested student.

"The undercover officer uncovered six students or former students working for that individual and trafficking drugs in two school districts," Fornshell told ABC News.

"The group supplied an overwhelming amount of marijuana in the Mason and King school districts," Fornshell said.

The marijuana previously sold in the areas was a lower-grade variety smuggled into the U.S. through the border, but the weed they began seeing last year was a much more expensive product.

The student helped lead cops to uncover a major grow operation, run by locals out of warehouses and other buildings in three nearby towns.

Six other adult individuals were ultimately arrested for their role in growing and distributing the drug.

Authorities seized 600 plants from the three grow houses, with an estimated street value of $3 million.

All of the individuals have been indicted by a grand jury, but have yet to be arraigned or enter pleas.

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Granny ‘Drug Kingpin’ Busted in Oklahoma

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Silver haired and sweet faced, Darlene Mayes looks like many grannies but according to police, she is one of Oklahoma’s biggest drug kingpins.

Her operation went up in smoke this week, when police entered her home and found 4 pounds of pot and $276,000 cash.

Police found $15,000 bundles of cash stashed away in the home. Mayes initially told police the money was part of her retirement fund.

Police also say she was packing a semiautomatic pistol and a revolver.

Investigators say her alleged pot-dealing network spanned four states, from Tulsa, Okla., to Arkansas, Kansas, and Missouri. Police believe she supplied up to 40 percent of the marijuana in that area. As the mastermind, police believe she had a network of dealers, including her son Jerry who was also arrested.

Law enforcement expert Brad Garrett says harmless looking seniors can sometimes be the most efficient drug dealers.

“It doesn’t surprise me that someone this age would be actively involved in marijuana distribution because there’s just too much money to be made. If they keep a low profile, they don’t talk to many people, and they don’t get greedy, they can go on for years.”

Mayes is not the first grandmother accused of ditching retirement for a second career in drug dealing.

In the United Kingdom, 68-year-old Patricia Tabram—dubbed the cannabis grandma—was charged with intent to supply after authorities say they found a marijuana farm in her home.

In Tennessee, an elderly couple was busted for selling prescription drugs.

But the granddaddy of all drug dealers may be  Francis Cook, 83, also known as Britain’s oldest drug dealer.

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Four TCU Football Players Arrested in Drug Bust

Comstock/Thinkstock(FORT WORTH, Texas) -- Seventeen Texas Christian University students, four of which are football players, have been arrested on drug charges Wednesday during a raid on and around the school’s Fort Worth campus.

Marijuana, cocaine, molly (a powdered and more potent form of ecstasy), ecstasy pills and prescription drugs including Xanax, hydrocodone and the heavily addictive painkiller OxyContin were among the illicit drugs police allege students were selling to other students, often on campus in fraternity houses.

“I was first shocked, then hurt and now I’m mad,” head coach Gary Patterson said in a statement. “Under my watch, drugs and drug use by TCU’s student-athletes will not be tolerated by me or any member of my coaching staff. Period."

“The Horned Frogs are bigger and stronger than those involved,” he continued.

Linebacker Tanner Brock, who led the undefeated Rose Bowl champion 2010 team in tackles and was expected to anchor the team’s defense in the coming season, was arrested along with teammates D.J. Yendrey, Tyler Horn and Devin Johnson.

The arrests are a rare black mark for a football program known for its unusually clean record. The Horned Frogs were the only team in the 2011 preseason Top 25 with no players on its roster with criminal records, according to a Sports Illustrated report. TCU and Oklahoma University are reportedly the only schools to perform background checks on recruits.

“I don’t think it’s a football problem,” Chancellor Victor J. Boschini Jr. said during a news conference. “It’s four people on the football team. We don’t know anymore yet.”

“We were targeting dealers. We were not targeting the average student,” said Capt. Ken Dean of the FWPD. “We were targeting individuals who were actively selling and making money doing this.”

The suspects are all alleged to have participated in “hand-to-hand delivery” of drugs to undercover agents. Police said no student “confidential informers” took part in the six-month investigation.

Captain Dean would not reveal how those targeted for arrest were picked out, but did hint that investigators had looked at social media platforms used by TCU students.

Police say the investigation is ongoing and could yield more arrests both on and off campus.

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Border Patrol Agent Accused of Hiding Illegal Immigrants, Drugs in Basement

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(SAN DIEGO, Calif.) – A border patrol agent has been arrested after a search of his home uncovered an underground room allegedly used to hide illegal immigrants and drugs, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Marcos Gerardo Manzano, 26,  has been charged with harboring illegal immigrants, one of whom was his father, Marcos Gerardo Manzano Sr., a twice-deported illegal immigrant with a criminal record.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara McGrath said during the raid the FBI discovered an illegal immigrant hiding in the room along with 61 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

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NYPD Busts Columbia University Drug Ring

File photo. Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The NYPD has arrested five Columbia University students for their involvement in a campus drug ring.

The students, along with three off-campus drug suppliers, were indicted Tuesday and accused of selling drugs at fraternity houses and on-campus residences.

Over a three-month investigation, dubbed “Operation Ivy League,” undercover NYPD narcotics officers made 31 drug purchases from the five students. Drugs included cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy, Adderall and LSD, according to Bridget G. Brennan, Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York.
A majority of drug sales took place within three on-campus fraternities and from dorm rooms in on-campus housing.

Robert Hornsby, director of media relations for Columbia University, addressed the incident in an e-mail to students Tuesday. “Each of us, through our individual behavior and actions, helps define our campus environment,” Hornsby said. "Decisions made by individuals affect the community as a whole.  Please consider the potential impact of your actions on both your individual lives and the University community at-large.”

One of the drug dealers charged in the case also faces charges that he plotted to kidnap and kill a pair of rival cocaine traffickers he said owned him money. 

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$44.6 Million in Meth Seized from Home

Photo Courtesy - Gwinnett County Police(NORCROSS, Ga.) -- Investigators in Georgia have uncovered nearly 1,000 pounds of methamphetamine in what is believed to be one of the largest meth busts in U.S. history.
The Gwinnett County Police Department announced Tuesday that the amount of meth confiscated had an estimated street value of over $44.6 million. 
Law enforcement searched the home, which is believed to be abandoned, after they received information that a large amount of the drug was being produced inside.

Thirty-three-year-old Jose Galvez-Vela, of Weslaco, Texas, was taken into custody and charged with the trafficking of methamphetamine.

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