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Latest news: 05-14-2010

Pseudoephedrine meth law may die in Mo.

MO - Missouri Rep. Scott Lipke said he believes a bill that would require a prescription for some cold medicines will now be delayed after Missouri established a new electronic database to monitor the amount an individual buys. Missouri has required an electronic database since 2008, but the new real time tracking system will link Missouri's database to other states and limit the amount purchased by day and month. Pseudoephedrine is a common ingredient in cold medicines like Sudafed currently sold over the counter and used to make D-Methamphetamine.

Full story, The Globe-Democrat

Meth use down thanks to Weed & Seed program

WY - Casper has come a long way from the dubious honor of being known as Wyoming’s meth capital. The efforts launched since 2005 have made a significant difference in the presence of methamphetamine and its negative community impacts. The collaborative community efforts that have made a difference involved government agencies, private businesses, nonprofit organizations, the philanthropic community and private citizens. The resulting programs include the Meth Watch Committee, the Casper Weed and Seed program and the Wyoming Meth Project.

Full story, The Casper Journal

Man given death penalty for meth-induced killing spree

CA - A Sacramento Superior Court jury decided that death should be the punishment for Aaron Norman Dunn who was convicted last month of killing two men during a 2006 shooting spree in Laguna. The jury’s decision was announced May 12 after they deliberated for eight days. Dunn’s verdict is reportedly the first death penalty verdict made by a Sacramento jury since 2007.

Full story, The Elk Grove Citizen

Meth ring-leader sentenced to 20 years in federal prison

PA - Ramon Ferrer, who helped lead a methamphetamine trafficking ring in Schuylkill County and elsewhere in 2008, will spend more than 20 years behind federal prison bars after being sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg. U.S. District Judge Sylvia H. Rambo ordered Ferrer, 25, of Mexico, imprisoned for 22 years for his part in the ring, which prosecutors said brought 23 pound of crystal methamphetamine to Pennsylvania and Georgia in two months.

Full story, The Republican Herald

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