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Latest news: 3-8-2010

Wash. to establish electronic tracking system

WA - The state Senate on Friday passed a bill that would establish an electronic tracking system for the sales of things like certain cold medications and other non-prescription drugs often used to make methamphetamine. "There needs to be a way for vendors to know when someone is buying more than the legal limit of these drugs," said Sen. Rosa Franklin, D-Tacoma. Senate Bill 2961, which passed 46-1, changes the daily sales limit of certain drugs to reflect federal law. A merchant would not be allowed to sell more than 3.6 grams of methamphetamine precursors (ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine) to a customer in a single day, or more than nine grams in a 30-day period.

Full story, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Labs down in Colo., but meth still a big problem

CO - Methamphetamine use and manufacture has declined in recent years, but due to the drug's highly addictive nature, the problem remains significant, according to area police. Most statistics regarding methamphetamines are tracked on state and national levels. But one statistic stands out for Lt. Mark Jones, who heads up the Weld County Drug Task Force: Six years ago, area police handled 15 to 20 meth manufacturing labs a year. That's down to two to four labs a year.

Full story, Greeley Tribune

Calif. Highway Patrol discovers super meth lab

CA - The California Highway Patrol made the biggest meth bust of the year so far when they discovered a super meth lab in Eastern Fresno County. The bust happened late Thursday night in the area of Butler Avenue, just east of Academy. CHP says they were visiting a house in response to a car theft but instead, they found material to make more than 10 pounds of meth, with a street value of $200,000.

Full story, KGPE-TV

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