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Police break up alleged drug ring at Omaha bar

OMAHA, Neb. - Police and federal officials said they have broken up a narcotics network that was operating from a local bar on South 24th Street.

After a six-month investigation that stemmed from numerous complaints, investigators uncovered large amounts of methamphetamine and smaller amounts of cocaine and marijuana that was being distributed within a network that revolved around Johnny Z's Bar at 4130 S. 24th St.

Thirteen suspects, ages ranging from 20 to 46 years old, were arrested on drug and weapons charges.

Investigators seized five firearms, six vehicles, a laptop and more than $10,000.


Drug-addicted couple let shelter cats fend for themselves 

PINE GROVE - Rescue workers spent Tuesday morning saving 70 malnourished felines from a purported cat sanctuary in Pine Grove Township after owner and operator Virginia Kresge Justiniano was arrested for drug and drug paraphernalia possession early Saturday morning.

What police and Ruth M. Steinert Memorial SPCA workers found on the property shocked them.

“This was basically a shoothouse. Heroin, meth, whatever they could get their hands on,” borough police officer Mark Resue said at 33 Walmer Lane on Tuesday morning. “You can’t step foot in that house without stepping on a hypodermic needle. They (Justiniano and her live-in boyfriend) hit an all-time low and started selling the cat food for drugs.”

Full story, The Republican & Herald

Idaho Meth Project launches new ads

The Idaho Meth Project on Tuesday released a new series of anti-meth ads and the results of the 2008 Idaho Meth Use and Attitudes Survey.

"We think the needle is moving," said Megan Ronk, executive director of the Idaho Meth Project. "We've seen teen attitudes changing about meth use."

The new ads include four television commercials, five English-language and two Spanish-language radio spots, and three print ads.

From The Idaho Statesman

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