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Latest news: 04-20-2010

Mexican drug boss sentenced to 30 years in Ore.

OR - The man authorities say was the kingpin of one of the biggest drug organizations in Oregon history was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison. Prosecutors say Jorge Ortiz-Oliva, 40, oversaw three large "super" labs in the Salem area that produced at least 230 pounds of methamphetamine and ran marijuana plantations on secluded public land and national forests in several states. More than 40,000 plants were seized from one site in southern Oregon. "When you're flooding a state with methamphetamine in the middle of a meth epidemic, you're damaging babies in the womb, you're damaging communities," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathleen L. Bickers, who sought a life sentence for Ortiz-Oliva. "They were creating a super demand of addicts. They did so much damage to the United States."

Full story, The Houston Chronicle

Firefighter gets 8 years' probation for cooking meth

TN - A Jackson firefighter was sentenced to eight years' probation after he pleaded guilty to numerous methamphetamine charges in three separate cases in Madison County Circuit Court Monday morning.
Cory Wayne Clifft, 31, pleaded guilty to charges of promotion of manufacturing meth in one case; promotion of manufacturing meth and possession of drug paraphernalia in the second case; and promotion of manufacturing meth, initiation of a process to manufacture meth, possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia in the third case.

Full story, The Jackson Sun

Fumes from active meth lab cause explosion

IN - Police believe chemicals from a meth lab inside a Warsaw home caused an explosion that sent one man to Fort Wayne's St. Joseph Burn Center with critical burns. Around 7:00 p.m. Sunday, while fire units were en route to 1091 North, County Road 400 East in Warsaw, a man that had been at the residence was taken to the Kosciusko Community Hospital with critical burns. As Warsaw and Wayne Township Fire Departments battled the engulfed house fire, they found a methamphetamine lab at the residence.

Full story, from WANE-TV

Meth cook attacks officer with coffee mug

TN - A meth suspect who allegedly attacked two police officers with a coffee cup Friday morning is now facing drug and assault charges. Dillon Cole West, 23, 2013 Brown Drive, Apt. A-105, Rogersville, has also allegedly admitted to purchasing pseudoephedrine over the past four to five years for the purpose of trading it to methamphetamine manufacturers for cash or finished product. According to a report filed by Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit Sgt. Chad Gillenwater, he received information about a meth lab operating in the woods behind West’s apartment complex inside the Rogersville city limits.

Full story, The Kingsport Times-News

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