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Baby removed in meth bust

A 1-year-old was removed from a Milford home Monday evening after a meth lab was discovered, the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department said.

County Drug Task Force officers received a tip from the Milford Police Department about a possible methamphetamine lab at 313 E. Smith St.  Task force officers found a working meth lab inside, according to a written statement from the sheriff's department.

Clifton J. Wilkins Jr., 40, and Crystal N. Pease, 23, were arrested on preliminary felony charges of dealing a controlled substance. Bond for each was set at $10,000.

Child Protective Services removed the child into protective custody, and the Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team was called to dismantle the lab.  The department said Pease is the baby's mother.

From The Journal Gazette

Thirty two years for couple that trafficked 2,000 lbs of meth

Two former Las Vegas residents have each been sentenced to 32 years in prison in federal court here for their role in a huge methamphetamine distribution and money laundering scheme.

Benjamin Acuna, 31, and Anabel Valenzuela, 25, were given the stiff sentences on Monday by U.S. District Court Judge Susan Oki Mollway.

Acuna and Valenzuela were found guilty by a federal court jury in September 2008 of the drug trafficking and money laundering charges.

Full story, The Honolulu Advertiser

Old meth chemicals create hazard in Montgomery County courthouse

NEW CANEY, Texas  --  Illegal drugs confiscated several years ago create a hazardous situation in Montgomery County.

The newly elected Constable Kenneth Hayden says he was cleaning up an evidence property room on Monday when he found the chemicals confiscated from methamphetamine labs as far back as 2000.

Hayden says the bottles were giving off fumes and were hot to the touch.  The entire courthouse annex, where the property room is located, had to be evacuated.  "We notified the Montgomery County SIU and DEA. They came out and brought their hazmat team out and properly disposed of the chemicals," said Hayden.

No injuries or sickness were reported.

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