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Large pseudoephedrine shipment seized in Guatemala

Guatemala City, Guatemala - Guatemalan anti-drug agents on Monday seized a shipment of more than 700,000 tablets of pseudoephedrine – the key ingredient in methamphetamine – that originated in Bangladesh, authorities said.

Police spokesman Donald Gonzalez told reporters that the drug was found in one of the warehouses of Combex-IM Express Aereo, an air freight company operating in the facilities attached to Guatemala City’s La Aurora International Airport.

Full story, Latin American Herald Tribune

Cemetery doubled as meth lab site

Wood River, IL  - A man under fire for alleged sloppy operation of a cemetery may be in even bigger trouble now after being charged with several counts related to methamphetamine production.

William C. Work, 48, of 370 N. Sixth St., in unincorporated Wood River Township, was charged Monday in Madison County Circuit Court with a Class X felony, aggravated unlawful participation in methamphetamine manufacturing, and two other charges.

Full story, The Telegraph

Men who stole 110 lbs. of meth ingredient plead guilty

Kansas City, MO - A Kansas City, Kan., man has admitted that he stole at least 110 pounds of a methamphetamine ingredient in a crime timed to coincide with the 2007 Super Bowl.

Prosecutors say 42-year-old James Robert Everson pleaded guilty Monday to stealing the ingredient from Sanofi-Aventis Pharmaceuticals in south Kansas City on Feb. 4, 2007. He also pleaded guilty to two drug conspiracy charges, kidnapping, conspiracy to launder money, robbery and a gun charge.

Prosecutors said Everson hid in the plant for two days before the robbery. The Kansas City Star reports that he took a security guard hostage and hauled a drum of pseudoephedrine powder to a waiting truck.

Two other men, 48-year-old Micah Lee Boley, of Grain Valley, and 43-year-old Eugene Edward Dove, of Meriden, Kan., pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy charges. They were not involved in the robbery.


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