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Latest news: 05-20-2010

Meth bill passes Ohio House

OH - The Ohio House on Wednesday approved a sweeping methamphetamine bill that would require homeowners to disclose upfront in sales transactions whether their property has been used as a drug lab. The Methamphetamine Awareness and Notification Act also would create a public online database of meth-tainted properties and vehicles throughout the state. The vote was 98-0. The proposal now moves to the Senate. The goal is to prevent people from unknowingly buying or leasing properties and vehicles fouled by the drug, said state Rep. Stephen Dyer, D-Green. He introduced the measure three years ago, but it had languished as state and real-estate officials debated liability issues, cleanup standards and how a property could be removed from the public database. ''Sometimes it felt like pulling teeth, but we've gotten to a place where I think it's a better bill,'' Dyer said.

Full story, The Akron Beacon Journal

Meth-related calls increase in Allegan County, MI

MI - Allegan County sheriff’s officers responded to a 360-percent increase in Methamphetamine lab incidents in 2009, despite the relative success of the department’s meth diversion program. The information was part of a presentation by Sheriff Blaine Koops to Allegan County Commissioners Thursday, May 13. The total number of incidents where deputies responded to reports of meth labs rose to 47, up from 11 in 2008. And, Koops said, many were individuals who had been arrested for manufacturing meth before.

Full story, The Allegan County News

Drug raid netting 9 pounds of meth linked to Mexican cartels

NM - Multiple law enforcement agencies Wednesday seized more than nine pounds of methamphetamine, which carries a street value of about $670,000, in what they are calling one of the biggest drug busts in recent history in San Juan County. Six individuals, who authorities believe are connected with a Mexican cartel, were arrested in the raid, which simultaneously targeted five houses in the area, Region II Narcotics Task Force Lt. Neil Haws said. They are charged with trafficking methamphetamine, conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine and the use of a firearm in furtherance of a felony crime.

Full story, The Farmington Daily Times

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