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Missouri bill would require prescription for pseudoephedrine

MO - Every attempt made by Missouri's leaders to shake the label as the nation's No. 1 state for methamphetamine labs has fallen short of the goal.

Since 2001, no other state has had as many clandestine labs or methamphetamine-related dumpsites, chemicals or glassware seizures, according to figures at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency website. In most of those years, Missouri has had one-sixth to one-fifth of all such incidents. Complete figures for 2009 are not available, but during the first three months of the year, 462 meth labs were busted in Missouri compared to 146 in Mississippi, which was No. 2.

Full story, Southeast Missourian

White supremacists increasingly involved in meth trade

Omaha, NE - Call me “Skin,” Jason Hawthorne said as he introduced himself in 2006 to an undercover agent at a Ralston sports bar.

Friends knew him by no other name.

He boasted about white power, showed off his white supremacist-themed tattoos and told the federal agent about his membership in what he called the Church of the Creator, a loose-knit, white-separatist organization.

Full story, Omaha World-Herald

26 arrested in meth conspiracy

Chattanooga, TN - Twenty-six people have been charged in a longrunning methamphetamine investigation in southeast Tennessee.

Marion County Sheriff "Bo" Burnett told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that a task force arrested 19 people during the roundup in Marion, Sequatchie, Grundy and Hamilton counties.

The charges in a federal indictment unsealed Thursday include manufacturing the addictive stimulant, conspiracy to manufacturing meth and weapon charges.

Burnett said all of those arrested in the investigation that spans almost three years have been involved in making meth.

The suspects are appearing before a U.S. magistrate in Chattanooga.

Agents said other similar investigations are ongoing.

Full story, The Jackson Sun

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