Latest news: 03-26-09
Police: man adds meth to wife's water to give her energy
MORTON, Wash. - A Lewis County man faces assault and child endangerment charges after detectives say he made his wife drink water spiked with meth.
The woman was breast-feeding their three-month-old child at the time. She said she did not know the meth was in the water.
The 34-year-old man told investigators he hoped the meth would to give her energy to clean the house.
The man is currently locked up in the Lewis County jail on another pending charge. Detectives said they learned of the meth incident while listening to the inmates phone calls.
Governor signs electronic pseudoephedrine tracking bill
DES MOINES - Gov. Chet Culver signed into law Wednesday a measure creating a statewide electronic database to track sales of pseudoephedrine.
Senate File 237 provides for new high-tech measures to combat illegal meth labs by replacing the current written log system with a centralized electronic logbook at Iowa pharmacies that any person who buys cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine would have to sign.
The measure, which takes effect July 1, also will close a loophole that allows people to violate sales limits on pseudoephedrine by visiting multiple stores to purchase enough of the medication to make meth.
Deputies Tase man for flushing meth
WINTON - A 32-year-old Winton man was arrested on a suspicion of having methamphetamine, a Merced County Sheriff's Department spokesman said.
Faustino Mendoza was booked into jail Tuesday and has since posted $107,000 bail.
The Sheriff's Tactical and Reconnaissance Team was searching his Walnut Avenue home. Deputies reported finding him trying to flush meth down the toilet. When he didn't stop, a deputy used a Taser on him. He still managed to flush about two ounces, MacKenzie said.
Deputies also found scales, packaging material, crystal meth residue and a bullet-proof vest during the search.
Mendoza has a pending drug case stemming from December 2008, MacKenzie said.
Meth dealer sentenced to nearly 50 years
GREENVILLE - A Greenville man has been sentenced to a lengthy term in prison for selling methamphetamine on multiple occasions during 2007.
Following a two-day hearing in the 196th District Court, a jury sentenced George Leslie Sanders Jr. Wednesday to 49 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Institutional Division. The panel also ordered Sanders to pay a total of $20,000 in fines.