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Grandma charged with child abuse, meth possession

THOMASVILLE, N.C. - A 45-year-old Thomasville woman was charged with child abuse after deputies who pulled her over for a license check on Cunningham Road Thursday noticed a smoking device hanging from her pocket, Davidson County deputies said.

Deputies said Tena Worthington Scott was found to be concealing about 1 gram of methamphetamine.

In addition to a drug possession charge, deputies charged her with child abuse after noticing that her 7-month-old grandchild was in the vehicle with her.

Scott was being held in the Davidson County Jail on a $75,000 bond.

Deputies said Social Services had been contacted concerning the grandchild.


Man shot by police was high during attack on judge

The Lodi murder suspect who was shot and killed by a police detective as he attacked a judge in a Stockton courtroom last month was high on methamphetamine, according to sources close to the investigation.

How David Paradiso got the drugs is not known — he had been held in the San Joaquin County Jail for more than two years while he awaited trial. He was in segregated housing, meaning that three correctional officers escorted him to and from his solo cell.

Full story, Lodi News-Sentinel

Charges brought against 17 members of meth and cocaine ring

Seventeen people, including 11 Acadiana residents and several Mexicans, were charged Monday in connection with a methamphetamine and cocaine smuggling operation.

"This case is rooted in Acadiana but originates in Mexico with points along the way," U.S. Attorney Donald Washington, Western District of Louisiana, said during a news conference Monday afternoon in Lafayette.

Full story, The Daily Advertiser

Couple who smuggled meth also connected to over 700 reports of mail theft

FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks couple accused of smuggling methamphetamine into the Fairbanks Correctional Center faces additional charges related to a rash of mail thefts that hit the Fairbanks area last year.

Joshua Vos and Jennifer A. Curry, both 29, were indicted last week on more than a dozen felony charges of forgery, possession of a forgery device, vehicle theft and drugs misconduct.

Full story, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Teen targeted as smugglers by Mexican cartels

EL PASO, Texas - Sitting in high school, math and history lessons never captured Danny Santos' imagination. The drug-fueled streets of the Texas-Mexico border provided his education, and he was an excellent student.

Danny Santos, 21, works two part-time jobs and still doesn't make as much as he did as a drug mule.

Santos says he became one of the thousands of American and Mexican teenagers recruited into the dangerous world of drug smuggling.

Full story, CNN

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