NATIONAL METHAMPHETAMINE TRAINING & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTER
Latest news: 3-1-2010
Okla. task force targets international drug-trafficking ring
OK - Ice was thick on U.S. 59 between Rich and Black Fork Mountains. Methamphetamine ice. When Jim Akagi became the Drug Enforcement Administration’s assistant special agent in charge in the Oklahoma City District Office five years ago this month, he kept hearing the name of a particular community in far eastern Oklahoma. "Heavener, Heavener, Heavener,” Akagi recalls. "I said, ‘I want to see this with my own eyes and see what’s going on.’” Akagi uses this as an example of the importance of law enforcement working together — in 2005, now and tomorrow — in the battle against methamphetamine.
Minn. law restricts pseudoephedrine sales, demand for meth plummets
MN - Around the mid 1990s, Minnesota's war against methamphetamine was just getting underway. The powerful drug was becoming popular and widely available, due largely to the relative ease of illicit manufacturing. Nowhere was the problem more prevalent than in the largely rural Sherburne County. It was quickly growing into an epidemic, according to Elk River Police Chief Jeff Beahen. "We were seeing meth on most DWI-related traffic stops. We were seeing meth in domestics. I mean, meth was the drug of choice," explained Beahen.
Mother charged with exchanging drugs, money for sex with daughter
CO - A Denver mother allegedly forced her 13-year-old daughter and her 13-year-old friend to have sex with gang members and criminals in exchange for drugs and money, according to law enforcement officials and neighbors. "These are horrible accusations," said Lynn Kimbrough, spokeswoman for the Denver District Attorney's office. "They're very serious, they're very disturbing and we'll go forward with these charges at this time and be an advocate for victims." The Denver District Attorney's office charged the 33-year-old woman Tuesday with keeping a place of prostitution, pimping of a child, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and pandering. The mother has denied any wrongdoing.