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UK couple fight extradition to US for selling meth-making chemicals

A Teesside man is to make a legal challenge against extradition to the United States where he faces drug charges.

Middlesbrough man Brian Howes, 44, pictured, and his pregnant wife, Kerry Ann Shanks, 30, are wanted by US authorities as part of an investigation into the alleged production of crystal meth.

The couple, now of Bo’ness, West Lothian, could face 82 charges of supplying chemicals over the internet to people believed to be involved in producing methamphetamine.

The charges carry a potential jail penalty of almost 100 years.

Full story, Gazette Live

Meth materials tossed during high-speed chase

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Authorities say three people in a car involved in a chase with police in Cedar Rapids were trying to dump ingredients used to make methamphetamine.

Police say the chase late Monday reached speeds of 100 mph. It started when police tried to stop a car for traffic violations.  During the chase, police say items used to make meth were tossed out of the car.

Authorities finally stopped the car and arrested the driver and two passengers.  The driver, Kristina Bonnenkamp, of Cedar Rapids, is charged with attempting to elude, interference with official acts, possession of prescription drugs and several traffic violations.

The passengers, David Blauer and Luke Truesdell, both of Cedar Rapids, are charged with interference with official acts.


Couple charged for drugs, child neglect

Eau Claire - A Chippewa Falls couple is charged after investigators say they found meth and marijuana in their home including in a child's backpack.

Brian Cole and his wife Marsha are facing drug and child neglect charges. Investigators say they found more than 340 grams of marijuana along with bags of meth in their home. They say they even found marijuana and a scale in a backpack that belongs to Marsha's six-year-old.

Police say Brian told them he was glad he got caught. They say he claimed he did it to make money because he didn't have a job.


Teens with meth busted in hotel parking lot

On Feb. 1 at 12:30 a.m., Calvert County Cpl. Vladimir Bortchevsky conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the parking lot of the Hilton Hotel on Dowell Road in Solomons.

The driver and passenger were both found to be in possession of a suspected drug, methamphetamine.  Cpl. Bortchevsky placed both subjects under arrest and charged each with unlawful possession of a schedule II drug, methamphetamine, in sufficient quantity to indicate intent to distribute same and possession of methamphetamines.

The driver is a 16-year-old male from Lusby who was charged on a youth report.  The passenger is identified as Sean Keith Hope, 18 of Lusby.

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