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Latest news: 01-12-09

Three-year old had meth in system

A hair from a 3-year-old girl was tested after Child Protective Services took her into custody at a home where authorities found meth-making ingredients and equipment. The results indicated methamphetamine was present in the child’s body, according to arrest warrant affidavits.

Affidavits related to child endangerment charges against a Wichita Falls couple also described an active hydrogen chloride gas generator, a device that produces a toxic gas, inside an unsealed plastic box used as a toy box.

Full story, TimesRecord News

Meth lab numbers rise in Tennessee

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee authorities reported a rise in methamphetamine seizures across the state in 2008.

The Times-Free Press reports police seized 542 labs for the year as of September, the most recent numbers available - an increase of more than 21% compared to the same period in 2007.

Tommy Farmer, director of the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force, says at the seizure rate of 60 labs per month, Tennessee would exceed the 2007 total of 587 labs by November.

Farmer said the manufacturing of meth has changed as drug makers have had to find alternative ways of making the drug, due to increased legislative and police controls.


More than 70 arrests so far in Operation Pseudo

It turned out to be a beautiful day near the Goodman community both Friday and Sunday nights for law enforcement officers in Operation Pseudo as two sets of neighbors were arrested and charged with manufacturing and trafficking in methamphetamine.

According to Coffee County Sheriff Dave Sutton, “the oldest alleged meth cooker was bought in Friday night, along with four more arrests at the residence.”

Full story, Enterprise Ledger

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