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Latest news: 03-05-09

Mother of meth-positive children gets 16-plus years

WACO - A 23-year-old Temple woman was sentenced to more than 16 years in federal prison for her role in a conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

Tera Caldwell must pay a $2,000 fine and will spend 200 months in prison as a result of her sentence.

Full story, KXXV-TV

Mo. Senate defeats prescriptions for Sudafed

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missouri senators defeat an attempt to require prescriptions for cold medicines that contain pseudoephedrine.

The provision was aimed at combating methamphetamine production. Law enforcement officials say meth cooks get around current pseudoephedrine limits by visiting several pharmacies to purchase the maximum amount of the drug allowed under law.

Sen. Jason Crowell, a Republican from Cape Girardeau, was trying to attach the provision to a larger crime bill. Senators defeated the attempt 18-6.

Critics argue requiring a prescription would only punish those who have a cold and needlessly crowd doctors' offices.


Man who killed wife had history of meth-fueled violence

LIHU'E, Kaua'i - John Hoapili was awakened early Tuesday morning when he heard his mother calling his name for help.

When he forced open his parents' bedroom door, Hoapili saw his father Joseph sitting on his mother Fredlynn, who had a knife in her chest.

Full story, Honolulu Advertiser

Three face meth charges

SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. - Police in Bullitt County bust a meth lab at a home where a toddler had been living.

Three suspects were arrested early Wednesday morning and were arraigned a few hours later.  Elizabeth Singleton, 24, Anthony Robards, 23, and Glen Miles, 27, are all charged with criminal conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.  Miles is also facing charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Kenny Hardin of the Bullitt County Drug Task Force said they went into the Shepherdsville home on Old Preston Highway, where they found ingredients to make more than 50 grams of meth.

Two of the suspects arrested are the parents of the 3-year-old girl, and police said it's possible they may face the charge of endangering the welfare of a child.


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