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Latest news: 05-08-09

Education program seeks to slow Alaska meth rate

Alaskans are using meth at alarming rates. Now, one group is trying to stop the drug from ravaging our state any further.

In the last few years Alaska has declared war on methamphetamine. Meth labs all over the state were shut down, dealers arrested, and a new law passed that regulates meth ingredients.

Still, Alaskans are using the drug at alarming rates. Right now, our meth rates are twice the national average.

Full story, KTVA-TV

Meth hidden in WD-40 can

WEATHERFORD - Parker County Sheriff’s Deputies made an unusual drug-related arrest Monday. Sheriff Larry Fowler said deputies found more than four grams of methamphetamine inside a WD-40 can during a traffic stop.

According to sheriff’s reports, while on patrol around 2:30 a.m. on FM 730, two deputies observed a suspicious vehicle turn onto Canyon Country Drive quickly after passing their patrol car. Knowing the street was a dead-end with little traffic, the deputies grew suspicious and followed the car.

Full story, Weatherford Democrat

Tracking pseudoephedrine sales proves challenging

WOODSTOCK - Building a methamphetamine empire is easier than taking it down.

While the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office and other local law enforcement agencies were pleased last year when they broke up the largest meth operation known to the area, the fact remains that the whole ring existed for a long time in their backyard. And, unfortunately for them, nothing has changed regarding their ability to track sales of the drug's key ingredient -- pseudoephedrine (often Sudafed).

Full story, The Northern Virginia Daily

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