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Latest news: 03-18-09

Meth hidden in soda can leads to arrest

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A man was arrested after Sacramento police found him with a soda can that contained methamphetamine and Valium inside in a hidden compartment, authorities said.

Thomas Anderson was taken into custody Tuesday on suspicion of possession of meth, possession for barbiturates for sale and possession of a controlled substance, a police report stated.

Anderson was in a car that police pulled over at 12:47 a.m. for an alleged vehicle code violation in the area of Northgate Boulevard and Bridgeford Drive. The nature of the violation was not clear.

Police searched the car and found the can, which had a top that screwed off to reveal the compartment.


Police: Drano-sniffing teen also making meth

A Buford, Ark., teen is charged with attempting to make meth, after police and paramedics find a handwritten meth-making recipe near the boy.

They were at Ronnie James Ball's house in late January, responding to an emergency call. A sheriff's deputy says Ball was "huffing Drano and consuming a large amount of alcohol."

"While at the residence, which belongs to the man’s parents who assisted with the investigation, the deputy observed several substances commonly used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine, as well as a handwritten 'recipe' for cooking methamphetamine," the Baxter County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

Ball turned himself in to the sheriff's office on March 17. He's charged with attempting to manufacture meth, and unauthorized use of another person's property to make meth.


Former firefighter, police officer is sentenced for meth-related crimes

A former Albert Lea firefighter and part-time New Richland police officer was sentenced Monday in Freeborn County District Court to at most 10 years probation and 14 days in jail.

Alan Nielsen pleaded guilty in recent months to two of four charges related to third-degree burglary and receiving stolen property.

Full story, Albert Lea Tribune

Half of suspects killed by police were on stimulants like meth

When Craig Von Dohlen charged at deputies responding to his father’s 911 call for help, pointed his rifle and then died in a storm of Sheriff’s Department bullets outside his Sonoma home in December, he became part of a disturbing trend that so far has no solution.

Von Dohlen, 37, was the 11th suspect under the influence of methamphetamine killed by officers in Sonoma and Mendocino counties since 2000.

Full story, The Press Democrat

Meth treatment admissions decrease, but rise or remain static for other drugs

Admissions for treatment of prescription painkiller abuse in the United States have risen dramatically over the past decade, from 1 percent of all substance abuse admissions in 1997 to 5 percent in 2007, according to a government report released Tuesday.

Alcohol was still the leading cause (40 percent) of the 1.8 million substance abuse treatment admissions in 2007, but has declined from 50 percent in 1997, said the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration report.

Full story, Health Day

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