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Latest news: 03-19-09

Study on multicounty meth program shows financial, other benefits

All the statistics and numbers in a study of the effectiveness of the Dodge-Fillmore-Olmsted methamphetamine program came down to this: Pay me now or pay me a lot more later.

A study by the Amherst Wilder Foundation presented Wednesday in Rochester found that every dollar spent with the DFO's meth program saved taxpayers $1.61 to $4.04, while benefits to society ranged from $3.07 to $6.23. The foundation said the program also had positive benefits for participants. The meth program cost was $266,806 during the time of the study, June 2006 to the end of 2007.

Full story, Post-Bulletin

Student finds meth on elementary school playground

Students and staff at Centerville Elementary School remain cautious after a child found a vial of methamphetamine on the school playground during recess on March 12.

Principal Steve Raff said he reminded students over the school's televised morning announcements earlier this week to watch out for unknown objects on the playground.

Full story, The Gazette

Man linked to fatal blast in makeshift meth lab pleads guilty to drug charge

NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana man has pleaded guilty to a federal drug charge stemming from a fatal explosion in a trailer where he was trying to make methamphetamine.

Thirty-four-year-old Arthur Chabaud of Tangipahoa Parish faces up to 40 years in prison. He pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

Prosecutors say Chabaud and three others were brewing the drug in January 2007 in the Tickfaw community when a spark in the cooking process triggered an explosion, demolishing the trailer. Chabaud was severely burned and a woman working with him later died of her injuries.

Chabaud's sentencing is set for June 18.

From The Seattle Times

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