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Missouri leads nation again in meth lab busts  

Jefferson City, MO - The Quarterly reports for methamphetamine discoveries nationwide are out, and Missouri is number one by far.

From January through March, Missouri Law Enforcement made 462 meth busts and meth lab discoveries.

Full story, KOMU-TV

Woman burned in meth lab explosion

Fern Creek, KY - Police say they're busting more meth labs than ever before.

Just this year alone, at least 43 cases before the end of March in metro Louisville.

That's up by 11 compared to the same time last year.

Full story, WHAS-TV

Grandpa charged in meth bust

Kenmore, OH - A Kenmore man is accused of running a methamphetamine lab inside the home which he shares with his grandchildren.

Stephen P. Thomas, 54, of Eighth Street Southwest, was arrested Thursday by Akron police, who were responding to a citizen's tip of alleged meth manufacturing.

Thomas gave police consent to search his home and officers said they found chemicals, glassware, tubing and other items used to make methamphetamine inside the apartment.

Police said Thomas has two grandchildren, ages 14 and 6, living with him.

He was charged with illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine, assembly of chemicals, possession of methamphetamine, possession of criminal tools and drug paraphernalia.

Thomas was booked into the Summit County Jail this morning.

From Akron Beacon Journal

Hawaii launches youth meth prevention project

Kalihi, HI - The Hawaii Meth Project kicks off today at the Kalihi YMCA, citing a new survey that says 30 percent of Hawai'i teens believe there is no risk to trying meth, and 19 percent say it's readily available.

The statewide drug prevention project targets youths 12 to 17 years old and is aimed at reducing first-time methamphetamine use through a community outreach program and aggressive — some would say graphic — media campaign that begins today.

Full story, The Honolulu Advertiser

Toddlers exposed to mom's meth smoke 

Dubuque, IA - A Dubuque woman was arrested on a child endangerment charge after police said she smoked methamphetamine in front of her 2- and 3-year-old children, according to court documents.

Sara S. Swift, 26, no permanent address, was arrested on a charge of child endangerment on May 13. After receiving a tip, police began an investigation into whether Swift used meth in front of her children at a Dubuque home. On Feb. 25, investigators met with Swift, who denied drug use and refused to give a urine or hair sample for testing, records state.

Full story, Dubuque Telegraph Herald

Mexican Mafia sold meth in beach community  

Sandbridge, VA - The Mexican Mafia selling methamphetamine in Sandbridge?

To the surprise of Sandbridge residents, that's what state and federal authorities say might have been happening this winter and spring.

Full story, The Virginian Pilot

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