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Pseudoephedrine bill passes Miss. Senate committee

Jackson, MS - Legislation that would require a doctor's prescription to purchase cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine, the key ingredient in methamphetamine, has been approved by two Mississippi committees and received the support of Gov. Haley Barbour. The Senate Judiciary B Committee on Wednesday passed its chamber's version of the bill. The House Judiciary A Committee passed a similar bill Tuesday.

Full story, Yahoo!

Mo. House committee hears arguments on pseudoephedrine bill 

Jefferson City, MO - Lobbyists and police officers took turns for four hours Wednesday launching arguments for and against the idea of Missouri requiring prescriptions for pseudoephedrine, a decongestant that is methamphetamine's main ingredient. Among the arguments the House Crime Prevention Committee heard favoring a prescription law was the rise in the number of meth lab busts last year, in the state and nationwide. Missouri has led the nation in meth lab busts for years, and is set to surpass the 2008 total of about 1,470 labs by nearly 300 for 2009, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol. Final numbers won't be available until February.

Full story, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Fla. county may track cold medicine sales electronically

FL - Meth labs have been a widespread problem in the panhandle for several years. A few weeks ago, the Walton County Sheriff's Office and surrounding law enforcement agencies made fifteen meth related arrests in a nine month undercover operation. Last night Walton County commissioners approved a request from the Sheriff's Office to adopt a "Meth Check" ordinance to tackle the problem head on.

Full story, WJHG-TV

Suspected gang members accused of ties to Mexican meth trade

Riverside, CA - DEA and other law enforcement authorities announced the arrest of six defendants linked to a Riverside street gang that is alleged to act under the control of the Mexican Mafia and engage in the trafficking of methamphetamine.  The six defendants are among 20 charged in three criminal complaints filed yesterday afternoon in United States District Court and unsealed this morning.  Nine of the defendants charged in the federal cases are already in state custody, in some cases on related charges, and five of the defendants are currently being sought by authorities.

Full press release, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

Michael Douglas' son pleads guilty to drug charges

NY - Actor Michael Douglas' son pleaded guilty yesterday to dealing large quantities of methamphetamine and cocaine from a Manhattan hotel where he was arrested last year. Cameron Douglas, 31, will serve at least 10 years in jail.

Full story, The Cleveland Leader

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