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Tons of meth destroyed in Sumatra

Regional attorney's office in Riau Islands Province, in Sumatra destroyed 36 metric tons of methamphetamine on Tuesday. The drugs were seized in a drug operation more than 18 months ago.

Police caught six men including two Taiwanese in the operation. Authorities sent all the criminals to jail for 20 years. All forms of chemical from liquid to and powder weighed around 36.6 ton were destroyed.

From TempoInteractive

Arizona student wins trip for meth project

Desert Vista High School student Daniel Jeffrey Martin, 17, recently won a $1,500 cash prize and a trip to Washington, D.C., for his science project, "The Effect of Human Methamphetamine Usage on Carnivore Scavenging."

Martin's project placed second out of 1,500 entries in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

His project entailed studying Maricopa County (Ariz.) Medical Examiner's data and demonstrating that carnivorous animals do not tend to scavenge the remains of humans known to have abused methamphetamine.

"Daniel Martin took something that had been forensic lore, and turned it into a very interesting project that could have implications for forensic science," said Cindy Miner, deputy director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse Office of Science Policy and Communications, which contributed to the scientific evaluations of the student projects at the Intel competition.

From AZCentral.com

Federal charges leveled against Wyoming woman

Federal authorities have charged a woman with conspiring to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine in the Casper area.

Cynthia Lynn Yeley-Davis is suspected of selling the powerful stimulant from her Casper trailer home. Investigators believe one of the men who supplied her with meth also coordinated the transportation of more than seven pounds of the drug from California to a home in Mills, according to a Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Cheyenne.

Agents seized that methamphetamine, valued at more than $350,000, during a bust in February.

Davis appeared in federal court last Thursday, where a judge told her she could face 10 years to life behind bars if convicted. The U.S. Attorney's Office for Wyoming filed a motion the same day asking to keep her in custody pending trial.

Full story, Casper Star Tribune

Drug trafficking conviction brings 10-year sentence 

A federal judge today sentenced a man from Boring, Ore., to 10 years in prison for his role in a major drug-trafficking case.

Trent Tyson Fisher, 28, was sentenced in Portland by District Judge Ancer L. Haggerty. Fisher pled guilty in February to the possession of at least 500 grams of methamphetamine with intent to sell.

His indictment was part of a joint effort by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and local law enforcement agencies that resulted in charges against a total of 12 defendants. Fisher is the first to be sentenced.

Authorities said evidence from the investigation showed that Fisher purchased large quantities of meth over a three-month period and sold it to buyers in Boring. After a search warrant was issued in March 2008, Portland police seized meth as well as five cars, three motorcycles and more than $10,000 from the defendant's residence.

Full story, OregonLive.com

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