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Latest news: 06-7-2010

Majority of meth seized in America coming from Mexico

TX - Border seizures of methamphetamine are surging after years of decline, indicating the drug once seen as a poor man's cocaine is becoming a key export of Mexican drug traffickers. The seizures soared in 2009 and are on pace for a record year in 2010. They range from the 340-pound, $5.1 million batch discovered in a truckload of carrots coming across the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge to $26,000 worth seized from the car of a Houston teenager driving from Matamoros. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Mark Qualia said the increases correspond to the across-the-board rise in drug seizures attributed by the agency to better equipment, the unprecedented hiring of new agents, border fencing, and multiple sniff dogs at every station.

Full story, The San Antonio Express-News

Nine out of ten 2nd time meth users get addicted

WY - Substance abuse counselor Eric Perry provided an overview Thursday on the use and abuse of methamphetamines and one statistic stood out from the rest. Research has shown that nine out of 10 people who use crystal meth twice -- crystal meth is the concentrated form of the illegal stimulant -- will become addicted. The addictive qualities of crystal meth, also known on the street as "ice," versus regular methamphetamines found on the street, equates to the addictive power of crack cocaine compared to powdered coke, Perry said. Perry was the presenter at "Methamphetamines and Meth Labs: A New Ice Age," an all-day training session for professionals who work in the human service field.
"We've got meth labs all around us. It's here,"

Full story, from The Daily News Online

Ore. State Patrol arrests two men with 5 pounds pure meth

OR - Oregon State Police seized 5 pounds of high-grade methamphetamine early Thursday during a traffic stop near Ashland. Two men were arrested and lodged in the Jackson County Jail without bail. An OSP trooper stopped a 2000 Ford Mustang with Washington license plates in the northbound lane of the freeway. The trooper pulled the car over for speeding, OSP said in a news release. During the stop, troopers discovered approximately 5 pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside the vehicle. The meth has an estimated street value of $100,000, OSP said. "It was very pure quality," OSP Sgt. Steve Mitchell said. "It wasn't the lower-grade powder from; it was crystallized."

Full story, The Ashland Daily Tidings

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