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Latest news: 06-3-2010

Rise in child abuse pegged to spike in meth

MI - Allegan County saw a spike in child abuse and neglect cases in 2009—an increase that is linked to the county’s increasing methamphetamine production. Day said the number of child abuse and neglect cases rose from 94 cases in 2008 to 179 cases in 2009, and that there was an approximately 300-percent increase since 2005. He also said the county was experiencing more child neglect due to the increase in meth labs in two-parent homes, and meth production continues to evolve from predominately single males to otherwise normal family units.

Full story, The Allegan County News

Woman faces life sentence after Grand Jury conviction

TX - A 52-year-old West Texas woman was convicted of participating in a large illegal drug manufacturing conspiracy on June 2, 2010, announced United States Attorney John E. Murphy. Arlana Doris Moore, of Grandfalls, Texas was part of a “multi-year conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possess pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture a controlled substance,” stated the announcement. Narcotics agents with the Texas Department of Public Safety, who routinely inspect pharmacy records to identify people who purchase large quantities of cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine, discovered this trend with a group of who Moore was involved with.

Full story, The San Antonio Headlines Examiner

Meth lab blast kills 3, destroys home

OH - The remains of three victims have been recovered from a fire that investigators say was caused by a meth lab explosion. Doyle Burke, chief investigator of the Warren County Coroner’s Office, confirmed there were three bodies found in the blaze reported just before 4 a.m. Wednesday, June 2. According to Franklin police, the bodies of two adult males and one adult female were recovered from the scene. The Warren County Drug Task Force and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have collected evidence indicating a methamphetamine manufacturing operation may have caused the explosion, according to Franklin police.

Full story, The Middletown Journal

Raids wrap up an undercover operation that began in February

OK - More than 100 officers served arrest warrants for 44 people who are accused of selling drugs to undercover agents, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control said. Bureau spokesman Mark Woodward said the warrants were a result of a three-month undercover investigation in eastern Oklahoma. A Mobile Operations Team was used to identify and target drug suspects within specific communities around the state, he said.

Full story, from Tulsa World

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