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Latest news: 2-24-2010

Ariz. meth prevention organization honored by CADCA

AZ - The declining number of news stories that point to meth abuse in Yavapai County is in a great part due to the county-wide organization efforts and accomplishments of MATForce. Now, other communities want to know how the organization did it. Cottonwood City Manager Doug Bartosh is Co-Chairman of MATForce, which originally was organized to build a community front against methamphetamine abuse in Yavapai County. Earlier this month, Bartosh and Co-Chair County Attorney Sheila Polk were headed to Maryland, outside Washington D.C. to be honored for the dramatic reduction in meth use and sales and the consequent overall reduction in total crime.

Full story, The Verde Independent

Woman, seven months pregnant arrested for meth production

KY - A pregnant Corbin woman was arrested Monday for manufacturing methamphetamine at a North Corbin motel, according to the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department.  The woman, Annie R. Duncum, 21, who is seven-months pregnant, and her companion, Donald G. Napier, 25, also of Corbin, were arrested after deputies found them in a room at Knights Inn motel along with items used to manufacture the drug, police said. Napier, the father of the child Duncum is carrying, told police it was at least the second time Duncum had been at a methamphetamine lab since she became pregnant, deputies said. Deputies went to the motel about 9 p.m. after receiving a tip that the couple was cooking methamphetamine.

Full story, The Times Tribune

Ind. pseudoephedrine pharmacy logs lead to arrests

IN - Two brothers from La Porte are in custody on allegations they supplied the main ingredients for an active Michigan City meth lab uncovered last week. The arrests are the fruits of an ongoing crackdown on methamphetamine in La Porte. “Meth is very prevalent here in this community. We’re just breaking the rim of it and trying to get to the bottom of it,” said La Porte Metro Operations detective Brett Swanson. Lawrence Hudson, 37, is charged with four counts of purchasing over three grams of pseudoephedrine, all Class C misdemeanors. He was taken into custody last week. Arrested Monday afternoon was his brother, 35-year-old James Hudson, who’s charged with one count of purchasing over three grams of pseudoephedrine, a Class C misdemeanor.

Full story, The Herald-Argus

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