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Latest news: 6-15-2009

Illinois launches pseudoephedrine tracking system

IL - Today marks the first day of operation of a new system designed to track purchases of pseudoephedrine, a substance found in many common over-the-counter cold medications. It's also a key ingredient in manufacturing methamphetamine. Six area counties are involved in a pilot program that could be expanded if it proves successful.

Pharmacies already are required to keep a list of those who purchase products containing pseudoephedrine. However, those engaged in making meth circumvent that deterrent by buying legal amounts of the medications at many different pharmacies, over a wide geographic area, said Tom McNamara, special projects coordinator for the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group and a recognized authority on methamphetamine.

Full story, The Southern

Nebraska mom attempts to sell her 18-month-old on Craigslist 

Omaha, NE - Nebraska officials have taken custody of an 18-month-old after the child's mother tried sell the boy online at Craigslist.

Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov says charges have not yet been filed against the mother. But state officials took the child into foster care late Friday to make sure the boy's safe.

The text of the ad said the woman is a methamphetamine addict and the boy deserves a mom who is not an addict. The woman said in the ad her son needs help before she does something crazy.

From FOX News

Feds say narcos planned to kill US agent

Manhattan, NY - Four Colombian men and a woman were arrested in Panama and flown to New York on charges of plotting to kill a DEA agent in Colombia. The men were trying to import 240 barrels of ephedrine, a meth precursor, into the United States, and vowed to "erase (the agent and informant" from the map," and said the agent would be the first to die, federal prosecutors said.

The defendants allegedly made those incriminating statements, and others, in the presence of an undercover informant. Charged were Javier Mauricio Vasquez Saldarriaga, 34; Edgar Abdon Luna Diaz, 47; Pablo Cesar Ruiz Calderon, 31; Carlos Alexander Silva Baltan, 31; and Liliana Esperanza Resfa Velez Munoz, 40.

From Courthouse News Service

Man calls police about robbery; officers find meth lab instead

Cullman County, AL - A man who called authorities to report a robbery has been arrested by Hanceville police after they found a meth lab at his home.

Capt. Jimmy Rodgers said officers allegedly discovered a working meth lab at the home of 33-year-old Billy Floyd Norris. He was arrested Sunday for unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Rodgers said Norris reported he had been robbed by his roommates but police weren’t able to verify the claim.

He said the lab was actually still producing meth when officers found it. Also recovered were several ounces of crystal meth, all the ingredients used to manufacture the drug, drug paraphernalia, a 50-caliber rifle and two shotguns.

Norris is at the Cullman County Detention Center on a $1 million bond.


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