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Police investigate child porn tip, find working lab

RACELAND, La. - An anonymous tip about child pornography lead police to a home in Raceland, where officers allegedly found a meth lab, according to State Police spokesman Trooper Gilbert Dardar.

The tip informed police that Blake Trosclair was allegedly downloading and disseminating child pornography at 404 St. Anthony St., Dardar said in a statement.

When officers arrived at the home on St. Anthony Street, police found a working methamphetamine laboratory inside the home, police said, adding the Department of Environmental Quality was called to dispose of the hazardous materials used to make the drug.

Full story, WWL-TV

25 charged with trafficking across several states

Twenty-five people were indicted in a drug sting that spanned several states and 1½ years, Acting U.S. Attorney for Kansas Marietta Parker said this morning.

Federal prosecutors said the persons were involved in a methamphetamine distribution operation. The group saw a profit of $1.25 million from the illegal venture from March 1, 2008, to Jan. 27, 2009. All 25 will appear in federal court in Kansas City, Kan. this week.

Full story, Kansas City Star

Firefighter accused in meth conspiracy

Waterloo firefighter Jeffrey Scott Cutsforth, 48, was arrested Thursday on a charge of methamphetamine trafficking.

Cutsforth is charged with felony conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine in excess of five grams. The charge is punishable by up to 25 years in prison.  Investigators with the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Task Force arrested Cutsforth about 4:15 p.m., Thursday and took him to the Black Hawk County Jail.

Waterloo Fire Chief W. Douglas Carter said Cutsforth currently is on unpaid leave from the department.  He said the firefighter is a 25-year veteran.  Carter said, "We were kept informed by the police department and cooperated with them."  The fire chief said that as far as he knows none of the alleged illegal activities occurred on fire department property.

Waterloo police said no additional information is being released at this time as the investigation is ongoing.

From The Des Moines Register

Elderly couple inadvertently lived with meth-making chemicals

FLOUR BLUFF - Hazmat crews were in Flour Bluff Thursday checking into some chemicals that could possibly be related to a meth lab found at a home on the 1900 block of Sandy Way.

Police said no one out there was in any danger, but they did say they evacuated an elderly couple from the home.

A CPS worker was doing checks through the house and saw some suspicious containers and chemicals in the garage.

Full story, MSNBC

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