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Latest news: 04-10-09

Working meth lab discovered in baby's closet

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Officers arrested a Charleston woman after finding a working meth lab in a closet in her baby's room.

Charleston police were dispatched Wednesday to a Washington Avenue apartment after receiving a report about a child possibly being in danger, according to a complaint filed in Kanawha Magistrate Court.

Full story, Charleston Daily Mail

Iowa waiting to implement new pseudoephedrine tracking system

Officials said they hope a new law — which would track pseudoephedrine sales electronically — will curb a rising number of arrests for purchasing the drug illegally, but they’re unsure when the new system can be implemented.

The system is an extension of a 2005 state law placing medications containing pseudoephedrine behind the counter and limiting the quantity a person can purchase in a single month.

Full story, The Daily Iowan

Man arrested for drugs in jail parking lot

LIVINGSTON, LA - Livingston Parish deputies say a man who showed up at the jail Wednesday afternoon to bond out his girlfriend was arrested when they allegedly found drugs on him.

Deputies say they noticed 29-year-old Harvey LeBlanc, Jr. sitting on the passenger side of a truck that was parked next to a sign that warns people that they are subject to search because they are on the grounds of a penal institution.

They say LeBlanc was acting very nervous when he saw deputies looking in his direction.

A search of LeBlanc and the vehicle revealed several bags of meth, a small amount of marijuana, ZigZag rolling paper, and a partially burned marijuana cigarette.

He is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute Schedule II CDS, one count of entering contraband into a penal institution, and one count of possession of Schedule I CDS.

His bond was set at $525,500. As of Thursday afternoon, he remained in jail.


D.A. says agents fumbled investigation of fire deaths

WAURIKA, Okla. - The district attorney of Jefferson County says officials may never know whether a fire that killed three people in Ringling resulted from a methamphetamine lab.

DA Bret Burns told The Oklahoman yesterday that he doesn't think fire marshal's agents were professionally trained and accused them of botching the investigation into the blaze that killed two teenage girls and their adult cousin.

Full story, KOTV-TV

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