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Latest news: 06-2-2010

W.VA. State Police step up anti-meth efforts

WV - State Police say the number of confirmed meth labs found in the Kanawha Valley has increased because of more tips from the public and increased efforts to educate troopers on the ingredients used to make the drug. Sgt. Michael Baylous said troopers have found and dismantled at least 25 meth labs in the Kanawha Valley since January. He said most of the meth labs investigated by the State Police have been found in the western part of Kanawha County, with 11 labs found in the St. Albans area and five on Charleston's West Side.

Full story, The Charleston Daily Mail

4 arrested in bust, agents seize 26 pounds of meth

WA - A six-month investigation has led detectives to a Snohomish County-based drug ring whose members allegedly bragged about being able to smuggle dozens of pounds of methamphetamine here from Mexico. Four men were arrested Friday after drug agents seized more than 26 pounds of methamphetamine in Everett.

Full story, from HeraldNet

Thefts of meth ingredient pose risks to officers

KY - The arrests of three men in a week in Simpson County, accused of stealing anhydrous ammonia tanks to use for making methamphetamine, highlight the bold steps makers of the drug will take to secure its ingredients - and the dangers involved for law enforcement and suspects alike. The South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force arrested two men May 20 accused of attempting to steal anhydrous ammonia tanks from a farm outside Franklin. The task force says that both men ran from the scene after being spotted by agents, and one of the men was hospitalized after falling into a 15-foot pit while fleeing.

Full story, The Bowling Green Daily News

Family of slain drug dealer says he wanted to clean up his life

CA - A methamphetamine dealer gunned down Friday evening during a drug rip-off along Branciforte Creek had pleaded with a judge to place him in a drug treatment facility months ago but was not enrolled in a program, court documents showed. Bryan Young, 26, was shot several times around 5:40 p.m. Friday and he died early Saturday. Felton resident James Alexander Oehler, 23, was arrested around noon Saturday when he went back to the isolated footpath where the shooting occurred, apparently to search for the murder weapon. But the handgun he had allegedly buried under brush and dirt had been found by a police dog and Oehler was arrested, Santa Cruz police reported.

Full story, The San Jose Mercury News

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