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Latest news: 05-18-09

Mexican cartels operating in Northwest

Spokane, WA - Drugs and violence in Mexico continue to grab national headlines. With the gruesome murders and daily kidnappings the situation is being called a war and if you think it's far away, you're mistaken. Mexican drug cartels are operating in the Inland Northwest.

The images are haunting and the statistics are horrifying.

Full story, KNDO-TV

Senator receives award for anti-meth efforts

Washington, D.C. - Senator Chuck Grassley today received the 2009 Guardian Award from The Partnership for a Drug-Free America for his leadership on substance abuse issues.

“Parents talking to their kids about the dangers of drug use is the most influential way to keep kids off drugs. I’d like to thank the Partnership for a Drug-Free America for this award, and for all their hard work to provide parents with the resources to talk to their kids about drugs,” Grassley said. “Working together, we can help save our kids from throwing their hopes, dreams and lives away by using drugs.”

Full story, Iowa Politics Press Release

State maintains list of meth-contaminated sites

Eureka Spring, AR - Nestled in the hills of Eureka Springs lies a gravel-covered patch of dirt the state says was contaminated by methamphetamine cooks.

The pull-through RV parking slip at Campsite 26 is one of 90 sites at the 20-year-old Wanderlust RV Park on Passion Play Road, where the hum of golf carts tooling along the gravel road punctuates the resounding quiet of the park. There is no building at the campsite, just a picnic table and hookups for water and electricity.

Full story, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Rise in female arrests attributed to meth

Frankin County, AL - Franklin County District Attorney Joey Rushing said that 10 years ago that it was rare to see a woman come through the court system.

"Now, there's not a week that goes by that we don't have one or two females in court," he said.

Full story, The Times Daily

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