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Latest news: 3-19-2010

Medical assistant smuggles 42 pounds meth over border

TX - An Edinburg woman claiming to be a medical assistant is behind bars after she allegedly tried to smuggle more than 42 pounds of meth into the United States. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested Denise Rivera on federal drug smuggling charges on Wednesday.
The 26-year-old woman drove up from Mexico at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge in a 2004 Volkswagen Touareg. Rivera allegedly told customs officers she had spent seven days with her parents in Monterrey. Customs officers allegedly found 21 packages with 42.8 pounds of methamphetamines in the dashboard of her car. Rivera allegedly told customs officers that she moved from Los Angeles to Edinburg and worked as a medical assistant in McAllen.

Full story, KGBT-TV

Stash pad busted after three month investigation

CA - Three men arrested Wednesday left their Yuba City "stash pad" every day about 10 a.m. to distribute methamphetamine throughout the Yuba-Sutter area, a drug enforcement official said Thursday.
Arrested Wednesday after they left the house in the 1300 block of Jodi Drive were three Mexican nationals: Jose Zamora Rodriguez, 30, Job Israel Garcia-Flores, 30, and Carlos Duran Barcenas, 33, said Mike Hudson, commander of the Yuba-Sutter Narcotic Enforcement Team, or NET-5.

Full story, The Appeal-Democrat

Dump-site used by over 100 meth cooks found

TN - Cleanup crews waded through garbage and collected chemicals for 21 straight hours at the site of an enormous meth lab on 19th Street, the head of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office narcotics division said. Lt. Van Hinton said Thursday that the bust the day before is among the "top three cleanups" on record in the county. He said crews pulled out "bags after bags after bags" filled with chemical waste from more than 100 cooks who used the house, about 1,100 square feet, as a collective dumping site.

Full story, Chattanooga Times Free Press

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