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Latest news: 05-04-2010

Drug runners fund business by invading homes

AZ - Authorities say Pinal County Deputy was shot on Friday after he came across a group of drug smugglers in a remote area south of Casa Grande. The deputy is recovering fine, and investigators do have some suspects in custody. However, concerns are being raised about increasing border violence like this, and the mounting number of neighborhood crimes such as home invasions being linked to the drug trade. KOLD News 13's Jenny Anchondo got a rare inside look at the life of a drug runner. She talked to three former members of drug trade to find out if what they know can protect you and your family.

Full story, from KOLD-TV

79 pounds of meth seized in "buy & bust" operation

CA - Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that agents from his office seized $1.5 million worth of drugs, including 79 pounds of methamphetamine and 11 pounds of cocaine, $30,000 in cash and eight firearms in another successful drug bust in Southern California Thursday night. Ramon Salazar Camargo, 33, and his accomplice, Jesus Lopez, 21, were arrested Thursday night and are being held in Los Angeles County Jail on $3 million bail each. “Little by little, bust by bust, we are sending the message to drug dealers that we are not going to allow them to operate in California,” Brown said. “We will track down, arrest and prosecute these criminals vigorously and relentlessly.”

Full story, The Holtville Tribune

Outlaw motorcycle biker sentenced for role in meth ring

PA - A Lower Providence man is headed to jail for participating in a large-scale, crystal methamphetamine ring allegedly run by the Breed outlaw motorcycle gang and operated in Montgomery, Bucks and Philadelphia counties. Arthur J. Bono Jr., 42, of Defford Place, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to 29 ½ to 59 months in the county jail after he pleaded guilty to felony charges of corrupt organizations, possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine in connection with incidents that occurred between January and June of 2006. Judge Paul W. Tressler also ordered Bono to complete 10 years’ probation after he’s paroled from jail. Bono, who must report to the jail on May 31 to begin serving the sentence, is eligible for the jail’s work-release program, according to court papers.

Full story, The Mercury News

New meth ads continue to shock with in-your-face visuals

CO - Flagrant drug use, suggestive material and a shocking message. It’s all part of the ‘Not Even Once’ Campaign by the Colorado Meth Project. Officials say it's helping win the war on meth. Four new TV ads are set to hit the Grand Junction airwaves. Each one depicting teens using meth. The ads were unveiled on the Western Slope to Central High School students on Monday by the Colorado Meth Project and Attorney General John Suthers. "Quite frankly I've never seen anything like this," says central high student Amelia Lybarger. She says at first she didn't know what to think, "I was sitting there going, OK, that's a little too much, or is it too much? Or is it exactly what it needs to be."

Full story, KKCO-TV

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