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Latest news: 04-22-09

White supremacist arrested, friend charged with trafficking

Christopher Rubey, an acquaintance of a documented member of a white supremacist gang from California wanted on federal parole violation, was charged with drug trafficking after Boise police found him holding 13 grams of methamphetamine.

Police officials say they weren’t looking for 42-year-old Rubey when they pulled over Anthony G. Perazzo, 36, near the intersection of Linder and Deer Flat roads near Kuna just after midnight Wednesday.

Full story, Idaho Statesman

Woman charged with unlawful neglect of child

PICKENS COUNTY - Kristin Nicole Lesley of Pickens has been charged with unlawful neglect of a child after her newborn son tested positive for having methamphetamine in his body, according to a Pickens County Sheriff's Office news release.

Lesley’s newborn son was tested March 24, 2009, for drugs with a meconium test that returned with positive results, according to the warrant for Lesley’s arrest.

Lesley, 25, willfully participated in the unlawful use and consumption of methamphetamine between June 2008 and March 2009, while she was pregnant, according to the warrant.

As a result of that illegal activity, she placed the life of her unborn son at unreasonable risk of harm, affecting the child’s life, health and safety, according to the warrant.

Bond was set at $7,500, and Lesley remained in custody at the Pickens County Detention Center as of Wednesday evening.

From Anderson Indpendent-Mail

Man gets 30 years in meth case

OMAHA, Neb. - A Grand Island man has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison following his conviction for conspiring to distribute and distributing methamphetamine.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Wednesday that 40-year-old Gary Zierke Jr. also has been ordered placed on supervised release for five years after his prison release.

Zierke was found guilty following a jury trial in January. He was convicted of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine between October 2007 and February 2008. He also was found guilty of distributing the drug.

Multiple circumstances were present to ratchet up the punishment handed down by Judge Richard Kopf. Among them - Zierke qualified as a career offender, having at least two prior convictions of violent crimes.

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