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Illinois bill would require disclosure of meth-contaminated properties

SPRINGFIELD - Successful efforts by Illinois State Police in shuttering clandestine methamphetamine labs have left behind a trail of properties contaminated with toxic chemicals.

Backed by the Illinois Attorney General's office, a bill introduced by state Rep. Michael Smith, D-Canton, would require property sellers to disclose whether the property was ever used to manufacture "meth," a highly addictive drug often concocted in homes and apartments.

In Kankakee and surrounding counties, state police seized labs and dump sites at 30 locations since 1999, when authorities first started keeping track of meth related statistics.

Full story, Kankakee Daily Journal

Explosion at hotel possibly caused by lab

BATON ROUGE, LA - Federal officials are investigating a possible meth lab explosion at a popular Baton Rouge hotel.

It happened at the Crestwood Suites Hotel on Sherwood Forest early Wednesday morning.

Nearly a dozen fire trucks flooded the scene to stay on top of a suspicious fire. It started in a bathroom on the hotel's third floor. Firefighters were able to keep the fire there and everyone escaped safely. No injuries were reported.

Full story, WAFB-TV

Mom hides meth in Sesame Street doll

A Carroll County mom is behind bars tonight after police discovered meth hidden inside her 3-year old daughter's Sesame Street "Ernie" doll.

Penny Reeves, 39, of Bowdon, was arrested for trafficking methamphetamine after a two month investigation by Carroll County authorities.

At Reeves' house, officers reported finding more than 32 grams of meth. The majority of the meth was found packed into the doll which was located in her daughter's room.

The child was turned over to family members after Reeves arrest.

Police also arrested a second woman in connection with the case. Selena Doty, 30, of Carrollton, has been charged with trafficking methamphetamine.

Both women are being held in the Carroll County jail.


Mother accused of breastfeeding meth to child

HILLSBORO, Ore. - A Hillsboro mother is accused of forcing methamphetamine on her infant child by breastfeeding.

Michelle Hastings, 40, was booked into the Washington County jail late Sunday night.  Hastings has a history of drug use dating back nearly a decade.

The case is rare and the charge of ingestion through breast milk could be the first of its kind in Hillsboro.  Charging mothers for breastfeeding meth is not unprecedented -- in 2003, a Southern California mother was convicted of murder after her infant son overdosed on meth-tainted milk. After appealing her conviction she later pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Hastings is currently being held on $50,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court February 17.

Hastings’ children are in state custody.


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