Latest news: 2-08-2010
President's drug budget focuses on prevention, treatment
Washington, DC - The Fiscal Year 2011 National Drug Control Budget proposed by the Obama Administration would devote significant new resources to the prevention and treatment of drug abuse, National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske said today. These resources are complemented by an aggressive effort to enhance domestic law enforcement, interdiction, and supply control programs.
Pharmacy pseudoephedrine database leads to 81 arrests
Jackson, TN - Jackson pharmacies entered 300 pages of suspicious pseudoephedrine purchases into the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force pharmacy database in November. In January, those numbers dropped to 99 pages.Capt. Barry Michael grinned on Friday afternoon when a Metro Narcotics investigator came into his office to report the new numbers.
Major meth ring busted in Mont.
MT - Step by step, suspect by suspect, local and federal officials worked together over two years to dismantle a major methamphetamine drug ring operating in Northwest Montana. Nicknamed the “Jamie Lake Drug Trafficking Operation,” the organization had brought several pounds of meth per week to the Flathead Valley from Spokane. According to court documents, between 2007 and 2008, Lake, 34, of Spokane, moved meth first by ounces, then by pounds, from Washington to the Flathead Valley by using rental cars and hotel rooms as meeting places.
Taxpayers, hospitals pay the price for burned meth cooks
MI - When a meth lab blows up, the person making the addictive, illegal drug often gets burned badly. And so do hospitals and taxpayers. Small wonder. Those trying to turn cold capsules into methamphetamine may employ such caustic and combustible ingredients as rubbing alcohol, ether, paint thinner, acetone, camp stove fuel, white gas, red phosphorous, lye or battery acid. Anyone trying to make the drug by mixing such chemicals in makeshift “labs” of soda-pop bottles and tubing can be seriously injured when the contraptions explode or catch fire.
Meth addict must pay $40,000 into drug enforcement fund
WA - The Cowlitz County Prosecutor's Office has managed to get a wealthy meth addict to pay $40,000 into a drug crimes enforcement fund, according to court documents. On Nov. 19, Leroy Spires III of Longview pleaded guilty to four counts of possession of methamphetamine and a single count of obstructing an officer. He was sentenced to two years in prison. The charges, filed in 2008 and 2009, stemmed from four different court cases, and in each case Spires was ordered to pay $10,000 into the prosecutor's Drug Fund for a total of $40,000, according to court documents.