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County commissioner pleads guilty to selling meth

The president of an Indiana County Board of Commissioners pleaded guilty to federal charges of selling methamphetamine on Wednesday.

David W. Decker, 53, of Terre Haute, was charged in the Southern District of Illinois after the case was moved from the Southern District of Indiana. U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Courtney Cox signed the charge.

Neither Decker nor his attorney David Smock could be reached for comment on Wednesday.

Full story, Belleville News-Democrat

Grandmother to be sentenced for making meth

Silex, MO - A Lincoln County grandmother accused of making methamphetamine will be arraigned May 4.
Seventy-eight-year-old Eva Fink is charged with felony manufacture of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and felony endangering the welfare of a child.

The Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team said a raid at Fink’s Silex home on Feb. 5 turned up meth, meth-making materials, heroin and a small caliber handgun.

Authorities also found Fink’s three-month-old grandchild at the house. The baby was placed with a foster family through the Missouri Division of Family Services.

Full story, Hannibal Courier-Post

Twenty-six charged in connection with Mexican cartel

Twenty-six people have been charged in connection with a Mexican-based drug cartel that allegedly distributed cocaine and methamphetamine throughout Minnesota since 2005, according to a federal indictment unsealed today.

Officials arrested 23 of the people in Mexico and Texas today, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Minnesota.

"Cocaine is not manufactured in Minnesota, so it takes a violent criminal syndicate to bring and distribute it here," said Bernard J. Zapor, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' St. Paul division, in a statement.

Full story, The Pioneer Press

Police helicopter called in to stop wild high speed chase

OGDEN, Utah - A police helicopter helps stop a wild high-speed chase through three counties. The chase started in Sugarhouse last night when Metro Gang Officers got a tip about two drug dealers.

Cops tried to stop the suspect, driver Julian Minguro, but he drove as such speeds police deemed it unsafe to pursue.

Minguro got on I-15 reaching speeds of 110 mph, driving with his lights off and dumping drugs and firearms as he sped along the road. A police helicopter kept an eye on their car until it reached Ogden.

That's where they turned into a field and two tires came off their car.

Police say the Mingura is an ex-con who was found with a half-pound of methamphetamine.


Man gets 8 years in prison for making meth near children

AKRON - Todd Frashuer, 37, of Akron, was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in prison after a jury found him guilty of manufacturing methamphetamine, child endangering, aggravated possession of drugs and possession of chemicals.

Frashuer was arrested Dec. 10 when detectives raided his house and found him in the basement making meth. His two children, 5 and 10, and his girlfriend, Donneall Cate, 31, were also in the house.

She pleaded guilty last week to assembly of chemicals and child endangering and will be sentenced later.

Frashuer was also convicted of failing to pay child support. He'll serve the one-year sentence while serving the other.

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