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Toddler hospitalized after swallowing meth

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Gwinnett County officials said they have arrested the father of a 17-month-old girl who apparently ingested methamphetamine.

Police said they were called to the Gwinnett Medical Center after a 17-month old girl, Giselle Benitez, was brought in after she started having seizures. Police said Benitez began to have seizures after drinking an unknown liquid at her home on Arbor Grove Road in Buford.

Police said they learned the liquid the child drank contained meth and was in an area that was easily accessible to a child.
Full story, WSB-TV

Downward trend in meth lab shows signs of reversing

After a dramatic decline over several years, the availability of methamphetamine – a highly addictive stimulant "cooked" with chemicals from over-the-counter cold medications – began to creep up in 2008.

The reversal, reported by the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC), worries law enforcement agencies. They've poured resources into treating an epidemic that crossed the country in recent years. Over 17,000 methamphetamine labs were discovered in 2004, tucked inside homes, barns, and vehicles. Among the dangerous byproducts: toxic waste, explosions, theft, and other crimes to support addiction.

Full story, The Christian Science Monitor

Troopers find meth floating in car's gas tank

OMAHA, Neb. -- State troopers seized 36 pounds of marijuana and three pounds of crystal methamphetamine during two separate traffic stops since Friday.

During the first stop, troopers found the methamphetamine packaged and floating in a vehicle's gas tank.

During the second stop, troopers found 36 pounds hidden in a stereo speaker.  

Fredy Banuelos-Luna, 27, of Bellevue, was arrested during he first stop and charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

During the second stop, troopers arrested Trent Young, 21, of Peoria, Ill., and charged him with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.
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