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Police bust record number of labs in Tulsa 

Tulsa, OK - Police disposed of a record number of meth labs in Tulsa last year, and three people died in fiery explosions caused by the production of the drug.

Records show that 315 labs — more than the previous five years combined — were found in homes, apartments, motels and dump sites throughout the city in 2009.

Full story, Tulsa World

North Carolina shut down over 200 labs 

Raleigh, NC - Law enforcement agencies across North Carolina broke up 206 methamphetamine labs across the state last year, officials said Monday.

The figure was up slightly from the 195 meth labs busted in 2008 but was far below the 2005 record of 328.

Full story, WRAL-TV

La Familia meth dealer operated in Dallas

Dallas, TX - No one would have wanted Balmer Valencia Bernabe for a neighbor if they had known how he earned a living. And no one did know until 6:30 a.m. on Oct. 21.

Ovella Thompson awakened that Wednesday morning to the sound of federal agents breaking down the door at a crème-colored brick home across the street. Their search warrant alleged that Bernabe, an illegal Mexican immigrant, used the Garland "stash house" near Lake Ray Hubbard to store methamphetamine, vehicles, cash and ledgers documenting his business dealings.

Full story, The Dallas Morning News

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