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Latest news: 2-25-2010

Ala. House approves restricting large pseudoephedrine purchases

AL - A bill targeting methamphetamine makers unanimously passed the Alabama House on Tuesday and appears set for quick action in the Senate. “The next step is the Senate Rules Committee,” said bill sponsor Rep. Frank McDaniel, D-Albertville. “Lowell Barron is the sponsor in the Senate and chair of the rules committee, so I’m sure it will get moved hastily in there.” The House passed the bill 92-0 on Tuesday as legislators try to make a key meth ingredient in common cold medicines more difficult to buy in large amounts.

Full story, The Sand Mountain Reporter

Ill. bill limits meth chemical 'smurfing' 

Springfield, IL - The Illinois Senate Committee on Criminal Law recently passed a measure that increases the penalty for knowingly purchasing, receiving or otherwise acquiring products containing more than 7,500 milligrams of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine (often used for manufacturing methamphetamine) within any 30-day period. “This is a serious concern,” said Sen. John Sullivan, D-Rushville. “This legislation will surely deter and hopefully prevent individuals from seeking to obtain these substances for illegal use. Keeping Illinois safer and healthier is a top priority of mine and I am appreciative of any chance to work with local law enforcement to do just that.”

Full story, The Register-Mail

UN report: Latin America hurting  war on drugs

Mexico City - Latin America, being asked to stop decriminalizing drugs, received a harsh slap on the wrist by a United Nations body today for the burgeoning movement in various countries to decriminalize small amounts of drugs. Drug reform activists have hailed the moves as a new approach that refocuses resources on big-time traffickers and views drug abuse as a health problem instead of a police problem. But the Vienna-based International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), in its annual report released today, stated its concern over Latin America’s “growing movement to decriminalize the possession of controlled drugs, in particular cannabis.”

Full story, The Christian Science Monitor

Meth ringleader sentenced to 50 years

Anadarko, OK - A man authorities say was the kingpin of a methamphetamine ring pleaded guilty Wednesday to trafficking charges and was sentenced to 50 years in prison. Estanistao Casas, 53, was at the center of a large-scale operation — including the wire transfer of drug proceeds to Mexico — when he was arrested last year in Caddo County, said Susan Rogers, general counsel of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control. "Casas, who is an illegal alien, told the court on the record that he had been sending profits from dealing home to his parents through wire transfers,” she said.

Full story, The Oklahoman

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