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Latest news: 02-11-09

Researcher recommends against state funding for meth project

GREAT FALLS - The author of a study critical of the Montana Meth Project has recommended that Gov. Brian Schweitzer and the Legislature withhold state money from the advertising campaign.

David Erceg-Hurn, a doctoral student in psychology at the University of Western Australia, said he evaluated reports and news releases issued by the Montana Meth Project since the campaign's launch in 2005. In a study published in the December issue of Prevention Science journal, Erceg-Hurn said campaign administrators have exaggerated their success and ignored negative findings, at a cost of millions of dollars.

Full story, Billings Gazette

Druglord who fled country captured

A fugitive meth kingpin who fled to Mexico when 80 drug dealers were snared in an investigation last fall has been captured, Tempe police said Friday.

Tempe narcotics investigators arrested Daniel Sanchez-Molina, 25, in Phoenix. They say Sanchez-Molina was the leader of an organization that sold methamphetamine primarily in Tempe, Mesa and Phoenix.

In September, police announced the arrests of 80 drug dealers, but Sanchez-Molina fled to Mexico, said Katie McDevitt, police spokeswoman.

Full story, The Arizona Republic

Two arrested in connection with 'meth tunnel'

FRIDLEY, Minn. - Authorities are investigating after finding an elaborate, but unfinished, tunnel under a Fridley garage during a meth raid.

Fridley Director of Public Safety Donovan Abbott says the tunnel was found during a joint raid by his department and the Anoka-Hennepin Drug Task Force.

Authorities are charging 46 year old Danny Redden and 43 year old Neysa Morris with two counts each of controlled substance crimes.

Police were searching the home at 6520 Able Street in Fridley when they found all the ingredients needed for a working meth lab out in the garage.

And then, they found the tunnel.

It's about 6 feet across and at least 15 feet deep that ran next to and under the garage.  Digging tools were found inside the tunnel and authorities can only speculate the tunnel was being dug to house a meth lab.  Although the suspects weren't making meth, Abbott says they had all the supplies they needed.


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