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Latest news: 2-10-2010

Meth use by Arizona teenagers declining

AZ - For the first time in several years, health experts say the use of crystal methamphetamine is on the decline among kids ages 12 to 17 in Arizona. Despite the drop, meth is a highly addictive and deadly drug that is destroying families. "I was like a rabid dog," Jeanne Dugan exclaimed. Nothing could stop this Scottsdale mother from saving her son, Matt. "It was the worst experience of my life," said Dugan.

Full story, KNXV-TV

Recovered addicts become hit men in Mexican rehab centers

Mexico - Mexico's powerful cartels have taken to running drug rehabilitation centers, turning recovering addicts into hit men and smugglers and giving some an ultimatum: Work for us or we'll kill you. Two of the country's six major drug cartels are known to have used treatment facilities to further their trade, top Mexican law enforcement officials told The Associated Press in exclusive interviews.

Full story, The Washington Post

North Dakota Highway Patrol seizes $350,000 worth of meth

ND - Two men from Grandview face felony drug charges in North Dakota after a large drug bust. The men, identified as Guadalupe Navarro and Regino Prieto, were arrested last week. Prieto was arrested after a traffic stop Thursday; Navarro was arrested Saturday after coming to Fargo from Minneapolis-St.Paul, prosecutors said, declining to release more information because of the ongoing investigation.

Full story, Yakima Herald

Meth found concealed in powdered milk can

AZ - Federal inspectors at the Morley Avenue pedestrian border crossing found $70,000 in crystal meth in a can of powdered milk. On Tuesday, Feb. 2, at about 12:30 p.m. CBP officers were screening pedestrians at the Morley gate when they became suspicious of a Nogales woman. Officers searched her belongings and found that a can of powdered milk she was carrying had a plastic bag of crystal meth concealed in the bottom of the can. The crystal meth weighed more than 1.5 pounds and had an estimated street value of more than $70,000.

Full story, Nogales International

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