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Latest news: 3-16-2010

Bill passed to increase sentences for selling meth to kids

KS - The Kansas Senate last week approved legislation to strengthen penalties for selling drugs to children and for exposing kids to the manufacture of methamphetamine. Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt, R-Independence, offered a successful amendment to House Bill No. 2435 to increase the length of a prison sentence imposed for selling illegal drugs to minors. The enhanced penalties would apply when the seller is older than 18 and the buyer is a minor. Schmidt's amendment also would require that people convicted of aggravated endangering a child, which prohibits having children present when methamphetamine is being manufactured, serve their prison terms consecutive to the term for any other crimes. "Keeping drugs out of the hands of children should be a priority of the law," Schmidt said. "The ideas contained in this amendment were brought to me by law enforcement officers who work with this problem each and every day. It is intended to give law enforcement an added tool to keep our children safe."

Full story, The Fort Scott Tribune


Car shipped to Hawaii with 32 pounds of hidden meth

HI - The car involved in a fatal crash on the H-3 freeway on Friday arrived in Hawaii from California earlier this month containing about 32 pounds of methamphetamine, federal authorities said yesterday. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials identified the driver of the car who died in the crash as Marvin Edgar Burrow Jr. Honolulu police said the driver was a 39-year-old California man. The Honolulu medical examiner said the driver died from multiple traumatic injuries suffered in the crash.

Full story, The Honolulu Star Bulletin


Ore. teacher delt meth on school grounds

OR - A woman who taught Spanish at Benson High School has been convicted of dealing meth off school grounds and is now serving a 45-day jail sentence. Zuleyma Fernanda Figueroa,  36, pleaded guilty to delivering meth in a large quantity out of the Southeast Portland home she shared with a friend. That friend, Concepcion Mendez-Hernandez, 40, also pleaded guilty to the same crime and received a 45-day sentence at a hearing in Multnomah County Circuit Court earlier this month.

Full story, The Oregonian

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