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Man who died in jail had meth

FORT SMITH, Ark. - A preliminary autopsy report shows that methamphetamine intoxication was the cause of the death of a man who died in a cell at the Sebastian County Jail.

Twenty-6-year-old John Andrew Woods the Third, of Fort Smith was found dead in a holding cell at about 5:30 a.m. January 9th. Chief Deputy Tom Young says a jail sergeant has been suspended pending the outcome of a hearing set for Monday.

Young said Woods should have been taken to a hospital and not been accepted into the jail. He said the jail has a policy against taking in people so intoxicated they can't stand or walk, as was the case with Woods.

Woods was arrested by a Fort Smith police officer responding to a report that someone was lying in a yard yelling nonsense. The report notes that the officer had to carry Woods to the patrol car.

The Arkansas State Police conducted a separate investigation to determine if anything criminal occurred in Woods' death. The investigative file has been handed over to the prosecuting attorney's office for review.


Mobile meth lab found in Wal-Mart parking lot

COLLEGEDALE, Tenn. - When our newsroom received a tip we rolled a crew to the Wal-Mart parking lot in Collegedale where a mobile meth lab bust was just getting underway. We're told police got their tip from a concerned relative.

Once police knew where the car was, they took action, searching the vehicle and eventually arresting the ones involved.

Full story, WRCB-TV

Doctor who had record amount of meth seeks to have conviction overturned

WATERLOO - A physician who is serving up to 100 years in prison after being caught with record amounts of methamphetamine is asking the court to throw out his conviction.

In a post conviction relief action filed April 6, Dr. Mark Louviere said his former attorneys misled him about the amount of time he would actually serve behind bars.

Full story, Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

Twenty-three members of meth ring convicted

Federal authorities have dismantled what they say is the largest northern Iowa methamphetamine-making ring in memory with the conviction of 23 people, including a “cook” who made the drug daily for close to a year.

At the heart of the operation, authorities said, were nearly two dozen people who supplied the Sioux City man with cold medicine that contained pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in making meth that has been tightly monitored for the past four years.

Full story, Des Moines Register

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