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Ala. senate passes bill to create electronic database

AL - Attorney General Troy King today announced the final passage of a bill he offered to create an electronic database of information to restrict the availability of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine products that may be used for making methamphetamine. The Senate yesterday approved House Bill 528 which was sponsored by Rep. Frank McDaniel and Senator Lowell Barron. The computerized system would modernize logs that are already kept on paper, making it possible to restrict excessive purchases and provide instant tracking for law enforcement.

Full story, WRLB-TV

Okla. considers meth offender registry

OK - Oklahoma lawmakers are considering a measure that would require people convicted of crimes involving methamphetamine to register with the state. Similar to its sex offender registry, the proposed law would allow the state to track and regulate the offenders. People in a southeast Oklahoma City neighborhood said they wished a similar law had been in place before someone moved into a home that has since been boarded up and abandoned.

Full story, KOCO-TV

Or. meth ring-leaders receive decade long prison sentences

OR - Two leaders of a Mexico-based methamphetamine ring that operated in Oregon and Washington state have been sentenced to more than a decade in prison. Prosecutors said Luis Ramirez-Velasco pleaded guilty to racketeering and conspiracy, and faces a total of 11 years in prison with additional federal immigration charges.

Full story, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

S.D. man charged for making, selling meth to teens

SD - The Minnehaha County Sheriff's office has arrested a man they believe was making meth and selling it to teenagers. The arrest happened Tuesday afternoon in the Northside Mobile Home Park in Hartford.  And the Sheriff's office says parents in the Hartford area have reason to be worried. Derek Evans, 23, faces a list of charges including making and having methamphetamine. But when he made his first court appearance Wednesday, prosecutors said he'd been selling it to local high school students. And that's why officials have a warning for parents.

Full story, KELO-TV

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