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Latest news: 01-08-09

Legislators to look at proposal tracking pseudoephedrine

DES MOINES — State drug control officials are pushing for the creation of an electronic database that will crack down on meth producers looking to buy pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in methamphetamine.

Such a database would help officials enforce laws that restrict the amount of pseudoephedrine an individual can buy in drug stores.

The database would connect pharmacies across the state and allow them to track pseudoephedrine sales and alert law enforcement if someone buys more than the legal limit by shopping at multiple pharmacies.

Full story, The Gazette

Accused meth dealer arrested in murder-for-hire plot

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — A 66-year-old accused meth dealer allegedly tried to silence two witnesses in separate criminal cases, including a nephew he believed “ratted him out.”

Robert Hakel, a Grand Junction resident who’s been jailed in Mesa County since last March, was served Wednesday with a warrant alleging two counts of solicitation to commit first-degree murder, following a month’s worth of letters and personal visits at the jail with a person Hakel apparently thought was a hitman for hire.

Full story, Grand Junction Free Press

2 Georgians face trial in Pa. meth ring

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- A judge says two Pennsylvania and two Georgia men face trial on charges in connection with a multimillion-dollar methamphetamine ring in eastern Pennsylvania.

Prosecutors' main witness, 37-year-old Kerri Graham of Palmerton, testified Wednesday she took part in methamphetamine sales for a year. Authorities say she led investigators to other participants when she was caught with 11/2 pounds of methamphetamine last fall.

Prosecutors charged 45-year-old Malik Frazier of Allentown, 27-year-old Che Fluellen of Easton, 25-year-old Kwame Fluellen of Lithonia, Ga., and 30-year-old Rashaad Toombs of Atlanta with methamphetamine possession and delivery and participating in a corrupt organization.

Authorities say Frazier and Kwame Fluellen were gang members.

Attorneys for the four argue that they were not a corrupt organization but were actually rivals, or weren't drug dealers at all.

From WXIA TV Channel 11

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