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Rite Aid will pay $5M fine in fed meth probe

Rite Aid Corp. agreed to pay $5 million in civil penalties to settle claims its pharmacies in eight states failed to safeguard federally controlled substances used to make the illegal drug methamphetamine.

The U.S. Justice Department said that Rite Aid, the third- largest U.S. drugstore chain, will start a plan to track pseudoephedrine and ephedrine at each of its 4,915 stores nationwide to prevent the sale of the controlled substances for illegal use.

A Drug Enforcement Administration investigation in 2004 found that Rite Aid pharmacies in Kentucky and New York knowingly filled prescriptions for controlled substances that weren't for legitimate medical purposes, the Justice Department said.

Congress regulates prescription medications because of their powerful and potentially harmful effects, Deputy Attorney General Mark Filip said in a statement. The settlement with Rite Aid and its subsidiaries will help curb illegal access to these dangerous drugs that can often be abused, he said.

From The Detroit News

Man tells officer he was selling meth to pay his mortgage

A Brighton man is in Weld County Jail facing up to 12 years in prison after a drug deal which he told officers he only did to help pay his mortgage.

Jose Luis Mendoza-Luna, 36, is in jail in lieu of a $150,000 bond, awaiting arraignment on one count of distribution of a controlled substance. In this case, he is accused of trying to sell an undercover Weld County Drug Task Force officer 1 pound of methamphetamine.

According to a Greeley police report, the undercover officer set up the deal to buy
1 pound of meth for $15,200, most of which would go to Mendoza-Luna’s supplier.
Mendoza-Luna, according to the report, was to earn $700 on the deal.

The two met Friday at the Shell Gas station in Platteville, and Mendoza-Luna got into the officer’s car, where he showed a baggy of the drug. He was arrested immediately.

According to the report, Mendoza-Luna, a heavy-equipment operator for a paving company, told the officer it was his first time selling meth and that he was trying to raise extra money to make his house payment.

Mendoza-Luna is set to appear at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 20 in Weld District Court.

From the Greeley Tribune

Oklahoma to air meth documentary "Crystal Darkness"

TULSA, Okla. - Tonight every television station in Oklahoma will air the "Crystal Darkness" documentary.

It's a program meant to raise awareness about meth and its effects. It’s designed to reach out to families who are struggling with meth addiction, and provide them with the tools they need to get better.

Full story, FOX23-TV

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