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Latest news: 2-11-2010

Meth labs seized in Indiana jumped by 25% in 2009

IN - The number of methamphetamine labs seized in Indiana last year was the highest in the state’s history, jumping nearly 25 percent from the year before. Five northeast Indiana counties ranked in the state’s top 10, bolstering the reputation the area has built over the past decade for being a hotbed of meth addiction. Area law enforcement agencies have theories, but few answers, behind the drug’s rise.

Full Story, The Journal Gazette

Michigan diversion program receives funding 

MI - Allegan County’s methamphetamine diversion program will be treating addicts who would otherwise be sent to prison for another year. The county got official word Friday, Feb. 5, that the Lakeshore Coordinating Council would contribute the $70,000 that is necessary to keep the program running for another year. Sheriff Blaine Koops said the program was something different. “It’s not traditional treatment,” Koops said. “It’s using law enforcement as part of the treatment program. It’s going to be part of how we do things.”

Full story, The Allegan County News

Four-year investigation results in 16 arrrests

TN - According to the Department of Justice, 16 people were arrested Wednesday, breaking up a significant methamphetamine trafficking ring in East Tennessee and North Georgia. The arrests were made by agents of the ATF, TBI, and GBI. The charges include various violations of federal drug and firearms laws. Seven of the sixteen people are from Georgia. From Tennessee, Mark Greeno, Billy Spurling, Charles A. Patterson, Stacey Ratcliff, Randy Herron, Tony McAllister, Thomas Helms, Herbert Lenderman, and Melissa Goosh were arrested as well. All were charged by a federal grand jury in Chattanooga with conspiring to distribute, and possess with intent to distribute, in excess of 500 grams of meth. If convicted, the defendants face a minimum of ten years in prison, and a maximum of life. Some defendants also face additional charges..

Full story, WTVC-TV

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