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Man sentenced to life for throwing child off bridge while on meth

HI - Look no further than the murder of 23-month-old Cyrus Belt for evidence of the ravages of crystal methamphetamine, Prosecutor Peter Carlisle said yesterday. When police arrested 25-year-old Matthew Higa for throwing the toddler off an H-1 freeway pedestrian overpass into midday traffic, he told them he was a meth addict and later tested positive for the drug. Circuit Judge Dexter Del Rosario sentenced Higa yesterday to life in prison with the opportunity for parole for his conviction on charges of second-degree murder.

Full story, The Honolulu Star Bulletin

Police chief's son admits to cooking meth

NY - The son of the Sherill Police Chief is facing Federal charges after he admitted to making methamphetamine. Investigators tracked him down because he purchased more than the legal limit of ingredients used to make the drug. Jason Hastings, 30, was charged with buying more than the legal limit of pseudoephedrine. It's the main ingredient used to produce methamphetamine. Investigators say Hastings bought the medicine at a number of stores in Madison and Oneida Counties, and they found out because pharmacies are required by law to keep a log of customers who buy the drug.

Full story, from WSYR-TV

Parents of 6-year-old caught cooking meth

FL - Deputies arrested two parents on meth charges Wednesday after interrupting them cooking meth with a six-year-old child in their home, according to the Bay County Sheriff's Office. Arrested at their home on School Avenue were 40-year-old Paul Mulhern and 38-year-old Trisha Mulhern. Each was charged with manufacturing meth in the presence of a child, trafficking in more than 28 grams of meth and manufacture of drug paraphernalia. The BCSO's special investigations division served a search warrant at the home Wednesday to find the Mulherns "were not only actively in the process of cooking meth but were operating the meth lab while a six-year-old child was present," sheriff's spokeswoman Ruth Corley wrote.

Full story, The News Herald

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