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Latest news: 3-23-2010

Lab cleanup labor intensive, dangerous to community

MS - Jackson County narcotics agents over the weekend made nine meth-related arrests and in the last eight days seized a record-setting 21 meth labs, Curtis Spiers, commander of the Narcotics Task Force of Jackson County said. “We’ve already doubled the number of meth labs found in the first two months of this year in the past eight days,” Spiers said Monday. “They were scattered throughout the county, but primarily in the northeast corner of Jackson County near the George County line.” Narcotics agents suspect that some of the seized meth labs are being dumped by meth cooks and users from the George County area. As a result, Spiers said, his agents are working large amounts of overtime while the meth sites are cleared.

Full story, The Sun Herald

Madison County community fights meth epidemic

AL - Methamphetamine is an epidemic across many parts of the Valley. One small town in Madison County recorded 14 busts in one month alone. That's the reason for the new South-East Madison County Coalition. The group met for the first time Monday. Officials say meth is not only being used in Madison County but cooked there as well. This puts everyone in the area of a meth lab in serious danger. Now communities are fighting back. Meth busts are all too common in South East Madison County. A concerned community member says one of her own relatives cooks and sells meth. She wants others to know the dangers although she's asked us to conceal her identity.

Full story, WAAY-TV

Sheriff pleads guilty to involvement in meth ring

TX -- An attorney seeking to remove a West Texas lawman for incompetence and official misconduct told jurors in a civil trial Tuesday that David Kinney kept drugs and weapons in "drawers all over" his sheriff's office, instead in the property room. George Thompson also told the panel in his opening statement that Kinney's office had lied to federal investigators looking into allegations that his chief deputy was involved in a methamphetamine ring. "I think the evidence is clear he did inform" the chief deputy that he had talked to the FBI, Thompson said on the first day of Kinney's civil trial. "When you add it up, time and time again it's gross negligence, gross ignorance."

Full story, The Houston Chronicle

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