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Latest news: 05-07-2010

Meth labs on downward trend in Marshal County, Ind.

IN - The number of meth lab busts in Marshall County has declined from the first four months in 2009 to the first four months in 2010; however, St. Joseph County’s numbers have increased, according to Sgt. Don McCay of the Indiana State Police. Marshall County dropped from 44 busts to 14 busts in that period while St. Joseph County arrests increased from 4 to 13, according to McCay. “We are driving them north,” McCay said. “Many of those arrested for meth in St. Joseph County are from Marshall County.”

Full story, The South Bend Tribune

"Meth clearinghouse" busted a second time since December

MS - A home on Grierson Street in Moss Point that drug agents raided in December and dubbed a "meth clearing house" was searched again this week and netted 5 more arrests, Lt. Curtis Spiers said Thursday. Spiers, commander of the Narcotic Task Force of Jackson County, said Lincoln Jarrod Hardison, 33, and Charity Ann Mason, 40, were each charged with possession and manufacturing methamphetamine and generating hazardous waste. Both were arrested in December with similar charges and were free on bail Spiers said. "What they had going on is a clearing house," Spiers said. "People would bring Lincoln Hardison their cold pills and other precursors and then he would manufacture meth for them. Since it's a rental house we were unable to seize it, but we are talking to the property owner about how to prevent this in the future."

Full story, The Press Register

Two officers overcome by fumes during raid of meth lab

AL - A husband and wife face felony drug charges and $1 million bail each after a raid at their home Wednesday night resulted in two agents being hospitalized for chemical exposure. Patrick Darin McCormick, 41, also had to go to the hospital after he inhaled the toxic chemicals released from an active methamphetamine lab, said Morgan County Sheriff Greg Bartlett. Drug task force agents executed a search warrant at the couple’s Wilhite Road home around 7:30 p.m., he said.

Full story, The Decatur Daily Democrat

Police find several meth labs in one home

IN - The Kosciusko County Drug Task Force arrested a Warsaw-area man Thursday night on a charge of felony manufacturing methamphetamine. Police were told about 8:30 p.m. there was a meth lab in production in a home in the 4200 block of Deer Run north of Warsaw, according to a written statement from the sheriff's department. Kosciusko County deputies and task force officers searched the home at 10:48 p.m. and found "numerous" methamphetamine labs, the statement said.

Full story, The Journal Gazette

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