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U.S. delays release of report tying meth to Mexico

WA - In an apparent effort to minimize diplomatic turbulence with the Mexican government, the Obama administration has been delaying for weeks the release of a Justice Department report that describes a “high and increasing” availability of methamphetamine mainly because of large-scale drug production in Mexico. The report, obtained by The New York Times, is called the 2010 National Methamphetamine Threat Assessment by the National Drug Intelligence Center of the Justice Department. It portrays drug cartels as easily able to circumvent the Mexican government’s restrictions on the importing of chemicals used to manufacture meth, which has reached its highest purity and lowest price in the United States since 2005.

Full story, The New York Times

Okla. Governor signs bill outlawing sale of drug pipes

OK - Gov. Brad Henry has signed legislation making it a crime for retailers to sell drug pipes. “I appreciate the governor’s support for this important law,” said state Rep. Mike Shelton, D-Oklahoma City. “Buying a crack or meth pipe should never be as easy as buying a loaf of bread.” Earlier this year, Shelton learned that drug pipes were being sold at some convenience stores after he accompanied ABLE agents doing field checks. He provided some of the pipes to fellow legislators to illustrate the reality of the problem – something he was criticized for at the time.

Full story, from KTUL-TV

Hawaii Meth Project launches new statewide campaign

HI - A campaign to fight Hawaii's meth use problem launched a second wave of TV and radio ads on Tuesday to spread the message about the highly addictive drug. A new set of commercials designed to graphically communicate the risks of using crystal methamphetamine, or ice, was unveiled Tuesday. For recovering meth addict Jade Goin, they're hard to watch. "It made my heart beat fast and it made me think, 'Oh my God, that really is how it is,'" said Goin.

Full story, from KITV.com

Man gets 12 years in death of co-worker

TX - A former railroad worker who had methamphetamine in his system when he crashed a piece of equipment two years ago, killing a co-worker, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison as part of a plea deal with prosecutors. Santos Perez Jr., 31, who worked for Union Pacific, pleaded guilty June 1 to manslaughter in connection with the death of John Hadfield, 28, of Paoli, Okla. The crash occurred around noon May 17, 2008, near Grandview as the two men, both operating lag screw machines, replaced rail in a curved stretch of track south of County Road 305. Perez told Johnson County sheriff's deputies that he was northbound when he spotted Hadfield's machine stopped on the tracks and Hadfield standing in front of it loading supplies. He said he tried to stop but could not. The impact derailed the 61/2-ton machine and crushed Hadfield.

Full story, The Star-Telegram

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