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Tennessee is second in nation for meth labs

Tennessee meth makers are increasingly finding ways around laws meant to keep them on police radar and away from the ingredients. Methamphetamine lab seizures in Tennessee reached 1,432 in 2009 — second only to Missouri, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The total is the highest since the passage of a 2005 law forcing pharmacies to lock away cold and sinus pills and keep records on and limit per-person sales of those pills. It also requires doctors to report meth-making injuries.

Full story, The Tennessean

Kentucky meth labs increase 60 percent in 2009

KY - The number of illegal methamphetamine labs in Kentucky is soaring again, according to statistics released by the Kentucky State Police. The law enforcement agency reports 716 meth labs were uncovered in 2009, up 60 percent from the previous year. This included 10 labs in Henderson County, 37 in Daviess County, 13 in Hopkins County and five in Union County.

Full story, The Evansville Courier & Press

Drug money fuels Mexican economy

Mexico - But the United States contends that the company in Zapopan is not what it seems. The U.S. Treasury put Grupo Collins on a black list in 2008, saying the firm supplies a small drug cartel in western Mexico with chemicals needed to make methamphetamines. Grupo Collins, which has denied any connection to organized crime, is one of dozens under suspicion of laundering money for the nation's booming drug business, whose growing economic impact now pervades just about every level of Mexican life.

Full story, Reuters

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