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Meth precursor bill passes senate

Washington D.C. - Senator Chuck Grassley today continued his efforts to keep meth off the streets and out of the homes of Iowans.  Legislation he co-sponsored with Senator Dianne Feinstein to help control meth precursor chemicals, passed the Senate tonight by unanimous consent.  It will now be sent to the House for consideration.

“Iowa has been hit harder than most states by the meth epidemic.  Passage of the Combat Meth Act in 2006 provided us with a good deal of success in reducing the domestic meth supply, but it’s tough to stay a step ahead.  So, we’re looking to do more to get this dangerous drug out of the hands of people across the country,” Grassley said.

Full story, Press Release

Man consumes meth during police chase  

Hesperia, CA - A 56-year-old man nearly overdosed when he ate a bag of methamphetamine as sheriff's deputies chased him in Hesperia, authorities said.

Raymond Albert was expected to face arraignment Tuesday on a charge of obstructing and resisting an executive officer, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Web site.

Full story, KCRA-TV

Hostage taken during standoff with meth suspect

Portage, MI. - A man suspected of stealing items used to make methamphetamine from a Meijer store threatened to kill a customer at a nearby Subway restaurant while attempting to fend off police. The standoff ended when officers Tasered the 31-year-old suspect.

At 8 p.m. Monday, the Portage Police Department responded to the robbery at 5121 S. Westnedge Avenue. When officers arrived, employees told them the suspect fled on a bicycle toward Kilgore Road.

Full story, WOOD-TV

Drug case dropped against 74-year-old woman

Redwood City, CA - A 74-year-old San Mateo County woman won't have stand trial on a charge of methamphetamine possession after prosecutors said they're dropping the case after a mistrial.

Margaret Catherine Cataldo was arrested in November of 2008 after police say they found a bag of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in her Burlingame home.

Though she was already on probation for possession of methamphetamine, Cataldo said someone visiting her might have left them in her home without her knowledge.

The judge in the case declared a mistrial May 29 when some of the jurors felt there was insufficient evidence against Cataldo.

San Mateo County prosecutors say they have decided not to retry the case.

From San Jose Mercury News

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