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Latest news: 04-02-2010

Drug ring busted, 200lbs meth smuggled monthly

CA - Almost three-dozen people -- including four from Washington -- have been charged in connection with a methamphetamine trafficking ring that smuggled drugs from Mexico into California and Washington, federal prosecutors announced Thursday. Ten people, including several top lieutenants, were arrested Thursday after an eight-month investigation during which authorities seized about 90 pounds of meth, worth about $5 million, according to the U.S. Attorney's office in the Central District of California.

Full story, The Seattle Post Intelligencer

Major drug ring with ties to Mexican cartels busted in Fla.

FL - Months of wire taps, surveillance stakeouts and the most ingenious detective methods possible have paid off with the dissolution of a narcotics ring with ties to deadly Mexican drug cartels, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said Wednesday. The Sheriff's Office announced its arrests of 21 suspects, along with the confiscation of more than 150 pounds of cocaine and nearly pure methamphetamine, 15 vehicles and $533,450 in cash

Full story, from PoliceOne

Largest mobile lab found in Cannon Co, Tenn.

TN - On Wednesday, March 31 at 12:58 a.m. while on routine patrol on Simpson Road, Cannon County Sheriff’s Deputies Brandon Gullett and Matt Parsley noticed a vehicle in the roadway with no lights. After following the vehicle a short distance the deputies initiated a traffic stop at the intersection of Parker Road and Hollow Springs Road in the Woodland community. “When Matt and I walked up to the car we smelled the toxic fumes that is associated with the meth process and spotted what appeared to be items commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine in the vehicle,” said Deputy Gullett. “We then called for Sheriff’s Investigator Charlie Wilder to assist us at the scene.

Full story, The Murfreesburo Post

Purple meth used as a new marketing scheme

WA - Narcotics detectives seized white and purple crystals of methamphetamine today at an apartment on Lake Park Drive as part of an investigation that also turned up more than 3 pounds of meth in Yakima, law enforcement officials said. The purple methamphetamine is a new wrinkle in the manufacture of the drug; food coloring likely is added during the cooking process to give the product a distinctive appearance so customers recognize where it came from, said Yakima County Sheriff’s Detective Mike Akins, who works for the drug-enforcement task force there.

Full story, The Olympian

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