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Meth played part in ID theft ring

A Jefferson County grand jury has returned a 53-count indictment against a suspected identity theft ring accused of stealing more than $11,000 in one month.

Six suspected ring members are being charged with multiple felony counts, including identity theft, theft, computer crime and possession of methamphetamine, Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey announced in a news release.

Full story, The Denver Post

Boy escapes city's 53rd meth lab fire

TULSA, Okla. - Tulsa Police are investigating the 52nd & 53rd meth lab fires this year.

The latest fire started after midnight at the Plantation Apartments at 5900 E. 47th St.  When crews arrived, they found an upstairs bedroom in flames. 

Crews were able to quickly get it out.  The drug task force found meth making materials inside the apartment.

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Probation visit uncovers meth lab

Police in Franklin County, Indiana say they uncovered an unexpected surprise while paying a visit to two people on probation Monday afternoon.

According to police, state troopers were conducting a home visit at the Brookeville residence of 34-year-old Lloyd Conn and 21-year-old Tiffany Hollins when they discovered an active meth lab, a gun, and truck loads of stolen property.

Both are registered with the Franklin County Probation Department.

During the search of their home on Smoky Hollow Road, police confiscated the meth-making materials and the gun, along with a stolen riding lawn mower and box trailer, and five pickup truck loads of items believed to be stolen.  Investigators remained at the home for hours overnight sorting through the property.

Conn and Hollins were arrested on felony charges of manufacturing methamphetamine.  The pair is also facing child endangerment charges after authorities found two children under the age of 3 in the home.  The children are now in the custody of Child Protective Services.

The case remains under investigation and police say additional charges may be added.

From The Kentucky Post

Boy, 3, tests positive for opiates, ecstasy and amphetamines

The man accused of operating a meth lab faces a new felony after his 3-year-old son tested positive for ecstasy, amphetamines and opiates, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office.

David Steven Weaver Jr., 34, of the Charlotte Ranchettes, was arrested Monday on a charge of aggravated child abuse -- a first-degree felony to add to Weaver's list of charges related to the recent raid on his suspected meth lab.

A Florida Department of Children and Families tip led to the investigation into the meth lab's operation, according to Sheriff's spokesman Bob Carpenter. Weaver took his son into the meth lab on Feb. 15. The boy's mother arrived, smelling a strong odor of ammonia coming from the garage/lab area, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The boy was coughing later that night.

DCF officials notified the Sheriff's Office that the boy's urine tested positive for amphetamines, opiates and ecstasy, according to the Sheriff's Office. It was unknown how those drugs got into the 3-year-old's system, Carpenter said.

Weaver remained at the Charlotte County Jail on no bond.

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