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Latest news: 04-22-2010

Stimulus funds to benefit Okla. fight against meth

OK - At a time when state agencies are slashing budgets and cutting employees, a round of newly released federal economic stimulus funds will allow the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics to create a two-year position aimed at fighting methamphetamine use and production in rural America. Federal funds will pay the salaries of the Oklahoma  state methamphetamine coordinator position and positions in six other states selected for the Rural Law Enforcement Methamphetamine Initiative. The effort is an attempt to strengthen rural community responses to drug abuse.

Full story, The Oklahoman

Meth crime soars in N.M.

NM - Two men are in custody after Bernalillo County deputies uncovered a meth lab on Wednesday. Police arrested 28-year-old Jason Morales and 30-year-old Gary McCutchon for manufacturing meth. Deputies made the arrest following a two week stakeout at the home. They say neighbors tipped them off about a possible meth lab inside. While raids like this don't seem to be happening as frequently as in years past, authorities say courtrooms are still overflowing with meth-related crime. "You look at these people who have used for a while, and they're walking skeletons," explained Deputy District Attorney Neal Speer. He says meth is now one of the biggest problems in the county.

Full story, from KOB-TV

CBP nets 31 pounds meth at Pharr international bridge

TX - Customs officers netted more than 31 pounds of methamphetamine Sunday at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge.  U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found a pewter 2000 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck headed north at the bridge on Sunday. Court records state the driver, 48-year-old Jose Ernesto Arredondo Rodriguez, declared a liquor bottle and said he was traveling to Houston for four days. A customs officer referred Arredondo to a secondary inspection station after he noticed the man had only a small bag of clothing.

Full story, The Monitor

Meth documentarians continue national movement with new film

NV - You might remember the documentary "Crystal Darkness", which was created several years ago to raise awareness about the dangers of methamphetamine. The program was a big success and now there's a new installment to pick up where the first one left off. The images are disturbing. Lost teeth and blackened gums. And skin marks from incessant itching. This is the truth about crystal meth. "And the truth is ugly," said Michael Reynolds of Global Studio.

Full story, from KRNV-TV

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