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Latest news: 04-08-2010

Teenager contributes to new Ala. ephedrine tracking law

AL - A new law recently signed by the governor will now track purchases of Ephedrine, the key ingredient in making Methamphetamine. But a person behind the scenes that did much of the research is only 18 years old, and is from Arab in Marshall County. Caleigh Miller is a freshman at Auburn University.  Thanks to her work, the fight against meth is stronger. When Marshall County Prosecutor Steve Marshall and State Representative Frank McDaniel began work on a bill to fight meth they enlisted the help of someone much to their junior.

Full story, from WAFF-TV

Sheriff attributes success to cross agency collaboration

NH - When Merrimack County Sheriff Scott Hilliard ran for office three years ago, one of his campaign promises was fostering increased cooperation between local, county and state police in the war against drugs. When police from Franklin and Tilton joined forces Tuesday with New Hampshire State Police, the N.H. Drug Task Force and agents from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration to take down a Central Street methamphetamine lab, Hilliard was there as were members of his department. "This is the reason why we all need to work together," Hilliard said as he conferred with Franklin Police Chief David Goldstein and Tilton Police Chief Robert Cormier. "When we start sharing, we get things done."

Full story, The Citizen of Laconia

Mobile labs contributing to distribution of meth in Ionia County, Mich.

MI - Mobile labs, or one-pot, are becoming a more popular method to making methamphetamine, and adding to the “meth” distribution in Ionia County. "When (people) had to sign for ephedrine’s (used to make methamphetamine) it worked for a while, but unfortunately there is a new method out there — the one-pot method — that started a new surge of this drug,” said Ionia County Prosecutor Ronald Schafer. “The change in the laws really pushed it down, but now it’s really coming back with vengeance.”

Full story, The Ionia Sentinal-Standard

Active meth lab found in place of business

WI - Acting on an anonymous tip, Menomonie police uncovered an active meth lab at a workplace on Badger Drive. It was shortly after midnight on Monday that police learned that Terrance D. Newcomb was storing — and operating — an active meth lab at Wieser Engineering. According to a press release from Chief Chris Langlois, while officers were on the scene, a suspicious vehicle with two female occupants arrived in the area. Cachina Daratsianakis , 36, and Donna M. Potts, 46, were questioned and arrested. Both women face  felony charges of being a party to the crime of manufacturing methamphetamine. Additionally, Daratsianakis was charged with possession of THC, while Potts was charged with possessing meth.

Full story, The Dunn County News

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