Latest news: 02-20-09
Missouri leads nation in meth incidents, statistics show
HILLSBORO, Mo. - The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department says Missouri had more than 20 percent of all meth lab incidents nationwide in fiscal year 2008.
Jefferson County also had the most methamphetamine lab incidents in Missouri during the time, with about 200 reported.
Jefferson County relied on figures from the El Paso Intelligence Center, which gathers narcotics statistics. While the majority of states contribute information, the figures may not include all seizures nationwide.
Authorities record an incident when they bust a lab or find a dump site of chemicals and equipment used for making meth.
Jefferson County's rural location makes it a popular spot for meth making. The county is also known for aggressive enforcement against meth, which allows the department to record such a high number of incidents.
Indiana lab seizures up almost 30% in 2008
LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Indiana ranks second in the country for the number of meth labs seized by police.
Indiana State Police report 820 meth labs were dismantled statewide in 2007. That increased to more than 1,000 in 2008.
Indiana State Police Trooper Jerry Holeman says that's a 29% increase.
Man gets 18 years in prison for grocery store meth operation
A Lakewood man was sentenced to 18 years in prison Thursday for selling large amounts of methamphetamine.
Tomas Zea Reyes, 40, was arrested in December 2005 and accused of selling meth through a grocery store in Lakewood. Officers seized 6.5 kilograms of the drug, $150,000 in cash and jewelry, according to the U.S. Justice Department.
Officers searched Reyes’ home and found three loaded pistols, a bulletproof vest, more than $7,000 in cash, drugs and drug packaging equipment.
At the time of his arrest, Reyes and wife had three children, ages 2, 12 and 13, who were taken into protective custody. Meth was found in the children’s systems.
“Nobody knows for certain how the drugs got in their systems,” assistant U.S. attorney Michael Dion said. “Maybe it was deliberate, or maybe it happened because Reyes just did not care about their safety.”