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Recently, 51-year-old Charles “Bennie” Benfer IV was arrested after authorities raided his Marietta, PA home and discovered 111 grams of methamphetamine during the raid, according to news reports. Now, officials believe they have severed a “major artery” of the supply of meth to Lancaster County as they say Benfer had ties to a Mexican cartel. 13673792_s-300x200

Authorities claim Benfer had a source in Mesa, AZ who was supplying him with 4 ounces of methamphetamine every week, a source with connections to a Mexican cartel. Spokesman for the Lancaster County DA’s office Brett Hambright commented that 4 ounces is “no small amount,” and that Benfer was “absolutely a major meth supplier in Lancaster County.”

During the raid of Benfer’s home police also discovered paraphernalia used for packaging and selling drugs, along with 86 grams of marijuana. He also had storage sheds in Conoy Township where authorities found additional drug paraphernalia along with oxycodone pills.

Recently, a 28-year-old West Humboldt Park resident with a history of drug arrests was once again arrested after authorities intercepted a package at the post office. According to news reports at the Chicago Tribune, Darrell Crider picked up a package at a P.O. box in Thursday – but only after the package had been intercepted by officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, after some of the contents of the package had been removed. iStock_000024467523_Large-2-300x194

Officials intercepted the package, which was mailed from the Netherlands and contained hundreds of “Molly” pills, also referred to as MDMA. The officials took out more than 300 of the 542 pills, then allowed an undercover U.S. Postal Service inspector to deliver it to the P.O. box where Crider would pick it up, unknowingly under surveillance. Crider picked up the package along with two others, then placed the packages in the back seat of a vehicle that was waiting on him according to reports.

Crider rode in a vehicle another man was driving, the two making their way to Crider’s home not knowing he was being watched. Minutes after Crider took the package into his apartment building, investigators were alerted that he had opened the package; this validated authorities’ anticipatory search warrant, which they served. Crider fled from the back door of the apartment upon being served, however authorities quickly apprehended him during the brief foot chase.

In December of last year, a “suspicious” FedEx package was intercepted by New York State Police officers; the package was reportedly addressed to a fictitious name, and contained more than 600 grams of heroin. Last week, search warrants were executed at the suspects’ residences and a storage unit suspected to be used by the defendants, 51-year-old Victor Rivera, 25-year-old Chayanne Rivera, and 31-year-old Blake Rivera. iStock_000000349200_Large-2-300x200

According to news reports, authorities seized large amounts of cocaine, heroin, cash, and guns in the drug bust, calling the three men “major suppliers” and not small-time dealers. On February 22, father and sons were arrested and charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 280 grams or more of crack cocaine, five kilograms or more of cocaine, and 100 grams of heroin. The men were also charged with possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Overall, officers discovered numerous firearms, drugs, and cash at the three residences where the men lived. Items found during the searches included an assault style rifle, a 9mm handgun and .357 magnum revolver, 12 gauge shotguns, an AK 47 style firearm, more than $375,000 in cash, ammunition, and more. Officer say they seized a total of about 8.3 kilograms of cocaine and half a gram of crack cocaine along with the 100 grams of heroin. If convicted, the men could face a life prison term along with a $10 million fine; the mandatory minimum sentence is 15 years in prison.

On Valentine’s Day, a Heflin, LA woman was involved in a rollover crash that ultimately resulted in her arrest. According to a news article at the Minden Press-Herald, 54-year-old Pamela Doyle crashed her vehicle at the intersection of Tillman Church Rd. and Highway 371. iStock_000016880944_XXXLarge-2-300x200

A deputy with the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Dept. arrived at the scene of the accident, finding Doyle had a laceration to the head; she complained of head pain, and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. While en route to the hospital, deputies found a glass pipe with what they suspected was methamphetamine crystals on it. According to the police report, when deputies inventoried the vehicle they saw the pipe and meth in “plain view” in the passenger side floorboard.

Deputies also searched Doyle’s handbag and found a substance they suspected to be methamphetamine in a plastic baggie. They also reportedly discovered Xanax pills in her purse upon further processing.

In December of last year, 24-year-old Jonathan J. Pilat was pulled over by Michigan State Troopers after he was spotted in a cemetery and troopers noticed upon him leaving that the license plate light on his vehicle was inoperable. Upon pulling Pilat over, troopers noticed a plastic baggie in Pilat’s right hand, and had him get out of the Ford sedan he was driving. According to news reports, the white powder in the baggie was tested and found to be methamphetamine. iStock_000022833496_XXXLarge-225x300

Pilat allegedly told police he purchased the meth from another Pinconning man for $15. He was arrested and charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine, an offense punishable by up to 10 years in prison along with fines of up to $15,000. Pilat said he was in the cemetery because he was in the midst of a divorce, and was gathering his thoughts.

A few weeks later, the prosecutor in the case requested that the charge against Pilat be dismissed; his request was granted by Bay County District Judge Timothy J. Kelly on February 1. There was no reason given as to why the charge was dismissed, and the prosecutor could not be reached for comment.

Recently, a Danielson, CT man was arrested on numerous drug charges following an investigation that stemmed from a leather jacket found on a bar stool at The Sports Page in November of last year. According to news reports, a routine bar check was being conducted by troopers from the Quality of Life Task Force of Connecticut State Police’s Troop D when the jacket was discovered. In it was 20 grams of crack cocaine prepackaged for sale according to police. iStock_000009283153_Large-2-300x201

The discovery of the unclaimed leather jacket led to an investigation and subsequent application for an arrest warrant. The warrant was executed earlier this week; the suspect, Jude Abellard, was found at his apartment along with a substantial amount of drugs, cash, and drug paraphernalia. Troopers discovered a digital scale, packaging materials, $576 in cash, and 72 baggies of crack cocaine prepackaged for sale. News reports indicate the 42 grams of crack cocaine has an approximate street value of $4,200.

Abellard is now charged with one count of intent to sell crack cocaine, two counts of possession of crack cocaine, and operating a drug factory. As of last reports, the suspect was being held on $125,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in court on February 9.

On Saturday January 30, police in Bridgeport, CT executed a warrant which resulted in the arrest of a 30-year-old man as the city’s Violent Crime Reduction Task Force undertook a major drug and gun bust. iStock_000011711335_Full-2-300x200

Police executed the warrant on Aldine Avenue, where they found what was described as an elaborate marijuana growing facility in the basement, complete with high intensity lamps, agriculture supplies, grow tents, and a mechanical irrigation and exhaust system. Jack Kelhoffer was arrested after police seized numerous drugs and substances including 23 bottles of anabolic steroids, 250 human growth hormone tablets, 85 marijuana plants, and more than 500 grams of harvested marijuana. Xanax tablets were also found on the property, along with 21 rifles and hand guns found in two safes.

Kelhoffer faces numerous drug-related charges including possession of marijuana over 4 ounces, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, cultivation of marijuana, and possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell.

Recently, 33-year-old Christina Deam was pulled over by a Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy in Arkansas for allegedly driving 63 mph in a 55 mph zone on U.S. 79. As a result of the traffic stop, Deam now faces drug charges. iStock_000014717444_XXXLarge-300x200

According to news reports, Deam was initially taken into custody on two misdemeanor warrants. A probable cause affidavit revealed that Deputy James Hoffman performed the traffic stop, and Deam admitted she did not have a driver’s license. A passenger in the vehicle with Deam also did not have a license; after running a records check, Hoffman found both had warrants. Deam and her passenger were arrested.

After conducting an air sniff of Deam’s car with the assistance of Hoffman’s K-9 partner in which the dog alerted on the driver’s side door, a clear plastic bag of what was believed to be cocaine was found in the door pocket. Suspected cocaine was also found in Deam’s handbag, along with a clear straw containing residue of suspected cocaine. The State Crime Lab will perform an analysis to determine if all of the materials found in the handbag and vehicle are indeed cocaine, however Deam denied any knowledge of it.

In October of last year, Rodney Gene Beumel was found asleep in his truck by Hillsdale City Police.  pills-1023897-mOfficers found Beumel after receiving reports that his truck was parked in a way that was blocking traffic.

Upon finding Beumel and his truck in an alley near the hospital, police discovered the offender had an open container of alcohol inside his vehicle.  Upon further inspection, police found Beumel had prescription pills and methamphetamine, drugs he had no prescription for.  Earlier this month, Beumel appeared in court facing criminal charges that included driving under the influence of drugs and possession of drugs.  At his arraignment, a not guilty plea was entered on Beumel’s behalf.  In all, Beumel faced four felony charges although not all of the offenses were listed in news reports.
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A months-long investigation led to police executing a search warrant at a home in drug-dealersCoolbaugh Township in PA, according to a news article at WFMZ.com.  Upon searching the home, police found loaded guns, cocaine, heroin, and marijuana throughout the home.

The Pocono Mountain Regional Police Dept. announced on Monday that five adults were arrested following the search, and an arrest warrant issued for a sixth.  A 4-year-old child was taken from the home by Monroe County Children and Youth Agency, while a 16-year-old boy was put in juvenile detention.  The ages of the adults arrested so far range from 22 to 54.  The man police are still searching for is 28-year-old Andrew Turner, who wasn’t at the residence at the time of the search.
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