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Latest news: 3-25-2010

Wash. Governor signed bill, cracks down on meth

WA - After more than eight years of working to eradicate the production of methamphetamine in Washington, Rep. Tom Campbell (R-Roy) says he’s proud to see his initial legislative efforts reach full fruition. Today, Gov. Chris Gregoire signed into law Campbell’s House Bill 2961, which further cracks down on the production of methamphetamine. Campbell’s HB 2961 establishes a statewide electronic tracking system for non-prescription sales of methamphetamine precursors. Using data that’s already required to be captured by law, the electronic tracking system stops an illegal sale and works with no cost to the state or retailers.

Full story, The Nisqually Valley News

Az., K-9 alerts officer to 17kg's hidden meth

AZ - A traffic stop led to the seizure of more than $300,000 worth of methamphetamine in Goodyear Tuesday morning. Seventeen pounds of methamphetamine were found behind the front bumper of a car after Jose Perez, 20, of San Diego, Calif., was pulled over for a traffic violation on eastbound Interstate 10 at about 10 a.m., according to a news release by the Arizona Department of Public Safety. The street value of the drugs was estimated to be $323,000.

Full story, The Arizona Republic

Melting snow in Mich. reveals dumped meth waste

MI - Van Buren County Sheriff's Department investigators have cleaned up numerous methamphetamine lab dump sites recently. Residents are calling police, notifying them of the drug items lying along the side of roads, open fields and wooded areas. Now that the snow is gone, it is easier to notice these items on the ground. Some of these items may have been there through the winter or just recently thrown there, police said in a news release. The items typically found are plastic 2-liter pop bottles used as gas generators, which can be either capped or have a tube sticking out from the bottle. Even if they look old, once moved, they will start to react again and emit a hazardous gas.

Full story, WOOD-TV

Meth is becoming more of a problem in Shelby County, Ala.

AL - Depression, black rotting teeth and bony, skeletonlike bodies mark the telltale signs of one of the most powerful drugs Shelby County communities  have ever faced. Crystal methamphetamine is not involved in most cases handled by the Shelby County Drug Court and the county’s branch of Bradford Health Services, but the drug has produced some of the worst effects the two organizations have seen. “It is becoming more of a problem. It’s not the number one problem we see, but it is so addictive and destructive,” said Shelby County Drug Court Judge Mike Joiner. “But it seems like it has been becoming more of a problem.”

Full story, The Shelby County Reporter

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