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Latest news: 05-29-09

After clothing donation turns up meth, police track down donor's lab  

Hillsboro, MO - A woman who donated clothes to an area thrift shop forgot to empty the pockets, leading police to a large methamphetamine lab in a Hillsboro subdivision.

On May 20, a thrift store worker called police after finding a sandwich bag that was about half full of a crystal-like substance.

Full story, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Montana Meth Project names new director

Billings, MT - The Montana Meth Project names former Montana Department of Corrections Director, Bill Slaughter, as its new executive director.

Slaughter had first-hand experience dealing with victims and offenders of meth-related crimes during his 30-year career in Montana law enforcement. He led the state corrections department from 2001-to-2005, developing the nation's first meth treatment facility within the corrections system. Slaughter will be in Billings next week to discuss his new role as director of the Montana Meth Project.

He is replacing interim director Peg Shea, who will remain on the organization's advisory council.


Man, 63, gets 20 years for meth ring involvement

Flint, MI - A 63-year-old Flint man was sentenced to 20 years, 5 months in federal prison for his role in a large-scale methamphetamine ring.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, York was part of a group that distributed hundreds of pounds of meth in Michigan, California, Illinois and South Carolina.

Full story, MLive.com

Number of children placed in protective custody a financial drain 

Clinton, TN - Anderson County tops the state in committing children to state custody, and that pace could become a financial disaster if it continues, officials said Thursday evening.

A legislative amendment expected to pass the General Assembly soon would send half the state's cost of housing neglected and unruly children back to counties.

Full story, The News Sentinel

Jail time for man who hid drugs underneath baby

Butte, MT - A Butte man has been sentenced to three years to the Montana Department of Corrections for charges stemming from an incident where drug paraphernalia and bags containing methamphetamine residue where discovered hidden under a six- month-old baby.

Trent Doyle, 32, appeared before Butte District Judge Kurt Krueger Thursday morning for sentencing.

Full story, Montana's News Station

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