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Latest news: 04-01-2010

Man receives 12 years for role in meth supply network.

AL - Facing a new state law designed to squelch methamphetamine labs, a pair of Mobile County men constructed a network to acquire "staggering amounts" of the necessary pharmaceuticals to produce the drug, according prosecutors and court records. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Ginny Granade sentenced Jay Dewayne Ward to 12 years and seven months in prison for his role in the conspiracy. Co-defendant Earl Gene Goodson Jr. is scheduled to be sentenced next week.

Full story, The Press Register

Three children removed from deplorable conditions, home razed

FL - A septic hole in the ground covered with bed springs, holes in the floor, discarded children's toys, worn-out sofas, an old cell phone, a dysfunctional computer monitor, a boat - and  more - served as stark testimony to the living conditions in one Homosassa home. And an old meth lab once operated out of there, too. Not only that, but three children and three adults once called it home. That is, of course, until the adults were arrested last week, the children placed in a foster home and the county declared the home a threat to public health.

Full story, The Citrus Daily

Ammonia thieves lead state police on high speed chase

NY - New York State Police are looking for two anhydrous ammonia thieves who led them on a high-speed chase from Hector to Enfield. Two men were seen stealing containers of the chemical from an Ovid farm at about 7:15 a.m. Tuesday, state police officials said. The material is used as a fertilizer, but it is also used in the production of the illegal drug methamphetamine. A trooper alerted to the theft spotted the suspects' vehicle on Route 79 in Hector, the officials said. The pair fled when the trooper tried to stop them.

Full story, The Ithaca Journal

Billboards portray stark reality of life on meth

GA - Dark and ugly, a few billboards have been staring at drivers in Albany and Lee County for just about a month, said Georgia Meth Project Executive Director Jim Langford. “We’ve put about 100 billboards up across the state,” Langford said. “Georgia has the third worst meth problem in the United States.”
The new campaign including the billboards portraying life given over to a drug as comparable to life in a toilet is 100 percent about prevention of methamphetamine use, Langford said. For the past five years the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has stated that the fastest growing drug problem in Atlanta and northern Georgia. Albany and Southwest Georgia are not immune, said Major Bill Berry of the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit.

Full story, The Albany Herald

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