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Latest news: 1-18-2010

Meth labs drop in North Carolina

Davidson County, NC - Davidson County reported zero methamphetamine labs busts in 2009 while North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said the State Bureau of Investigation broke up 206 methamphetamine labs across the state, including the first super lab.

Cooper also said that the 206 labs busted in 2009 are about 40 percent lower than numbers seen in 2006.

Full story, The Dispatch

Retired officer warns of gangs selling meth to kids

Laughlin, NV - Southern California and international gangs are trying to turn Tri-state elementary school children into heroin and methamphetamine addicts, a well-known expert warned a Laughlin Economic Development Corporation audience on Friday.

Richard Valdemar, who retired after 33 years with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office and now lives in Bullhead City, talked to about 50 persons at the American Legion Laughlin Post 60, the latest speaker in the LEDC's Leadership Forum.

Full story, Mohave Daily News

Meth program endangered by budget cuts

Allegan County, MI - Prosecutor Fred Anderson stared at members of the Allegan County Board of Commissioners with an intensity of 17 years of experience usually reserved for accused killers and violent felons in courtrooms.

“My blood pressure is up to here with not having enough money,” he gesticulated, hands near his reddening face, voice rising in a passion to preserve funding for the county’s successful methamphetamine diversion program. “This is the best program I can see in drug enforcement.”

Full story, The Holland Sentinel

Teen among eight busted for meth

MN - Eight people, including a 17-year-old girl, are facing methamphetamine-related drug charges after authorities raided a Brownsdale home Wednesday morning. A total of 10 people were arrested at the home.

On Friday, seven adults charged in the matter appeared in Mower District Court for a bail hearing, including three men who face the most serious counts.

Full story, Post-Bulletin

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