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Drug Czar presents strategies to reduce threats of meth

CA - Gil Kerlikowske, the Director of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) presented the Obama Administration's National Drug Control Strategy at the National Methamphetamine Pharmaceuticals Initiative (NMPI) annual conference in San Diego, the office of ONDCP announced on Tuesday. The National Drug Control Strategy establishes five-year goals for reducing use of methamphetamine and other drugs and its consequences through a balanced policy of prevention, treatment, enforcement, and international cooperation. The strategies also include efforts to reduce meth production and trafficking as well as prevent and treat drug abuse.

Full story, from WireUpdate

Sheriff's Office, NCIS Team make multiple meth-related arrests

SC - Recent law enforcement operations in Stephens County led to drug charges against multiple people. Agents with the Mountain Judicial Circuit Narcotics Criminal Investigation and Suppression Team and the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office received information Monday about a possible methamphetamine lab on Tatum Street in Toccoa. Sheriff Randy Shirley said agents served a search warrant after they performed a surveillance operation and found a meth lab. “It was not active at the time, however, they did find all of the chemicals and products used to make methamphetamine,” Shirley said. “Also, they found large quantities of meth for resale, weighing scales and a semiautomatic handgun.”

Full story, The Anderson Independent Mail

10 pounds of meth found in back of pickup

TN - Authorities in northeast Tennessee say they found 10 pounds of methamphetamine when they stopped a pickup truck. Washington County Sheriff's Lt. Doug Gregg said it's probably the largest meth seizure in East Tennessee and is valued at $448,000. The Johnson City Press reported the truck was stopped May 14 after suspects had been under police surveillance.

Full story, The Charlotte Observer

Troopers seize $227,000 of methamphetamine

TX - Department of Public Safety troopers seized about 5.5 pounds of methamphetamine valued at more than $200,000 during an early-morning traffic stop Tuesday in Carson County. Troopers said they stopped a 45-year-old Houston man about 8:40 a.m. Tuesday while he was eastbound on Interstate 40, about three miles west of Conway, spokesman Gabriel Medrano said. Medrano said the man gave the trooper consent to search his 2005 Dodge Dakota. The trooper reportedly found five bundles of crystal meth concealed in the frame rail of the vehicle. The seizure was valued at $227,227, officials said.

Full story, The Amarillo Globe-News

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