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Latest news: 1-14-2010

U.S. lawmaker sponsors anti-meth bill 

Washington, D.C. - As the U.S. House of Representatives reconvened to begin the second session of the 111th Congress, U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon vowed to continue his fight against the use and production of methamphetamine across Tennessee and the United States.

“Tennessee is one of the top three states in reported meth lab incidents,” said Gordon, a member of the Congressional Caucus to Fight and Control Methamphetamine, in a news release. “Meth’s highly addictive nature and availability in our communities is alarming, but the rise in meth related busts shows effectiveness in new laws and improvements in law enforcement effectiveness.”

Full story, The Tennessean

Montana Meth Project unveils new ad campaign

MT - “Before meth I had a daughter. Now I have a prostitute.”

The message is clear — and noticeably less graphic — in Montana Meth Project’s latest advertising campaign, which was unveiled Wednesday. While previous years’ campaigns included controversial billboards such as one depicting a young, pock-marked, glassy eyed girl selling herself for drug money in the grass next to a chain-link fence, these are more subtle, showing a framed photo of a school-aged girl on flowered wall paper.

Full story, Helena Independent Record

Baby rode in vehicle next to meth lab

Quincy, IL - An Ursa man was arrested Wednesday in Quincy after Illinois State Police troopers said they found a mobile methamphetamine lab and a small child in his vehicle during a routine stop.

William A. Bates, 31, was arrested for aggravated participation of meth production, a Class X felony, and child endangerment.

Full story, Quincy Herald-Whig

Documentary shows woman's descent into meth addiction

MT - When Deb Gregory’s car was broken into recently, she wasn’t mad at the thief.

Gregory, a documentary filmmaker, was working on a project about a former Montana methamphetamine addict’s trip through hell and her journey to recovery.

Full story, Billings Gazette

Man called 9-1-1 to buy meth

Modesto, CA - A Modesto man on parole and allegedly looking for methamphetamine instead got handcuffs.

That was no real surprise, given he called 9-1-1 dispatchers looking for the illegal drug.

Louis Peter Lainas, 54, was arrested early this morning on a parole violation minutes after he called dispatchers three times asking them if they had any meth, according to Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Tim David.

Full story, The Modesto Bee

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