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Latest news: 04-30-2010

Clinic researches possible connection between meth, depression

Billings, MT - Methamphetamine use is a major problem in Montana, but one research group here in Billings is working to fix the problem. Researchers from Billings Clinic hope to help women in rehab from relapsing. The clinical research study looks to find out if there is a link between depression and meth use, or women relapsing because of depression. Billings Clinic Research Marketing Associate Gayle Whittenberg said, "if we can treat the underlying problem, perhaps this will help them stay off methamphetamine and the craving for it."


Calif. meth enforcement agents accused of targeting Hispanics

CA - A north state drug enforcement team is being accused of singling out Hispanics and other minorities by pulling them over on Interstate 5 for no reason other than their ethnicity — a claim that could thrust Shasta County into the heated national debate about racial profiling. In court documents filed this week, the Shasta County Public Defender’s Office alleges that for years, deputies working as part of the North State Initiative California Multi-Jurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team (Cal-MMET) specifically targeted Hispanic drivers suspected of hauling cash and drugs along I-5.

Full story, Redding Record Searchlight

$8 million in meth discovered in home

Ontario, CA - Agents with the state Narcotics Agency seized 81 pounds of methamphetamine in Ontario along with several pounds of heroin in Torrance on Wednesday night during different operations which netted nearly $20 million in illicit drugs. Narcotics agents served a search warrant in the 1500 block of South Palmetto Street in Ontario, according to an attorney general press release. During a search of the residence, they found 81 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in an upstairs bedroom closet.

Full story, Contra Costa Times

Meth trafficker sentenced to 20 years to federal prison

KS - A Eudora man has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for trafficking methamphetamine during a three-year period in Lawrence and other nearby communities. Dustin Stoneking, 26, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. Stoneking admitted in his plea that he and co-defendants Wade Johnston and Randy Lucero conspired to distribute meth from June 15, 2003, to April 30, 2006.

Full story, Lawrence Journal-World

Baby with meth in system removed from home

Goshen, IN - Elkhart County police say a baby removed from a home on Wednesday tested positive for methamphetamines. The Department of Child Services contacted police when they were trying to remove the baby from the house on Independence Drive near Goshen.

From the South Bend Tribune

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