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Latest news: 04-08-09

Auto salvage business owner arrested on meth charges

The owner of an Evansville auto salvage lot was among three people arrested for allegedly manufacturing meth at the business.

Liberty Auto Salvage owner Mark S. Maurer, 54, was arrested Tuesday night when police stopped him in the salvage yard's parking lot. According to a probable cause affidavit, authorities found 8.8 grams of meth in Maurer's pockets and remnants of a meth lab in a Dumpster at the business.

Full story, Evansville Courier & Press

Mother found high with boyfriend; children taken away

ORLAND - A Glenn County woman had her children taken into protective custody Monday after their father asked deputies to conduct a welfare check.

Duane Shutt, 44, said he believed his wife, Karla Lee Mitchel, 33, was in the company of Russell Lee Wright, 44, and that the two were using drugs with young children in the residence.

Deputies arrived at a home in the 3000 block of County Road S to find the adults under the influence of a drug believed to be methamphetamine, and two boys age 3 and 5 in the home.

Wright and Mitchel were arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Mitchel was also charged on suspicion of child endangerment. Wright additionally faces charges including possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of probation. A small amount of methamphetamine was found during a search of Wright.

The two boys were released to the custody of Glenn County Child Protective Services.

Wright and Mitchel were booked into the Glenn County Jail in Oroville.

From the Contra Costa Times

Local meth production on the rise; police blame new cooking methods

When Metro Narcotics agents rounded up a group of suspected methamphetamine cooks Monday, it marked the fifth time they had busted a meth lab in 2009.

Compared to the two labs Metro Narcotics found in all of 2008, the last four months have seen a significant increase in meth lab arrests, a rise Hank Smith attributed to a change in how the drug comes to Ouachita Parish.

Full story, The News-Star

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