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Latest news: 02-24-09

Bill proposes electronic precursor monitoring

Anyone who buys cold medicine that contains pseudoephedrine would have to sign an electronic logbook at the pharmacy so that Iowa law enforcement officials could track multiple purchases, under a bill before state lawmakers.

Shoppers already have to go to a pharmacy counter and fill out a written logbook to buy nonprescription cold medicine with the key ingredient for the illegal drug methamphetamine.

Full story, Des Moines Register

Man sentenced to 8 years for meth lab explosion

ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. - A Hawkins County man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for operating a meth lab that left his wife severely burned.

Thirty-2-year-old James C. McKeel pleaded guilty Friday to manufacturing meth, promotion of manufacturing meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and destruction of evidence relating to the meth lab explosion.

Police say McKeel was cooking meth July 6 when the ingredients exploded.  Authorities said McKeel left his wife at a hospital emergency room and returned home to destroy the evidence. McKeel later told police his wife was burned while cooking hot dogs.

The Kingsport Times-News reports Assistant Attorney General Doug Godbee said McKeel's wife, Opal McKeel, will not be charged in the meth lab explosion.


Police find 15 meth labs in a single home

DEKALB COUNTY, Ind. - DeKalb County officers broke up more than 15 meth labs in Corunna.

Information from the sheriff's department and the Auburn Police Department led to a pair search warrants for two homes.

Officers found an active meth lab at 230 Campbell Street in Corunna.  The owner, Joshua Crager, is at large.

Full story, WANE-TV

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