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Latest news: 6-18-2009

Alleged cartel hit man pleads guilty to meth charges

Omaha, NE - A reported Mexican cartel hit man had a little trouble Wednesday admitting his guilt in two notable Omaha drug deals.

Antonio Frausto, 45, of Phoenix, had been charged in U.S. District Court with arranging to sell five pounds of unusually pure methamphetamine for more than $125,000.

Full story, Omaha World-Herald

Former rocker organizes anti-meth concert tour

Carson City, NV - The former drummer of rock band Sublime and his wife have organized an anti-drug concert tour that kicks off in Mills Park on June 27.

Called “Punk Rock Against Meth,” the free concert's message is simple — meth destroys lives — said Bud Gaugh, former drummer of Sublime, a ska-punk band that's sold over 14-million records.

Full story, Nevada Appeal

Body found in fire at former meth lab 

Clinton, TN - Authorities are waiting on an autopsy to identify a man found in the ruins of a fire at a mobile home in Clinton that had been quarantined after police found a methamphetamine lab there.

Anderson County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Mark Lucas told the Knoxville News Sentinel that investigators believe the man is the owner of the home, John Auston Lowe, but are waiting on confirmation.

The body was found Wednesday after an overnight fire and the cause of the fire is not known. The home had been closed since March when an active meth lab was found.

Lucas said a neighbor was charged with meth-related offenses in that investigation.


Mother with baby in back accused of driving while high on meth

Washoe County, NV - A 22-year-old woman remained jailed Wednesday on charges of driving under the influence of methamphetamine and marijuana with her infant unrestrained in the backseat, deputies said.

Julianne Nicole Flint was booked Tuesday into the Washoe County Jail on suspicion of DUI drugs, possession of methamphetamine and marijuana, child endangerment and failing to signal a lane change.

A Washoe County deputy who stopped Flint about 9 p.m. in the 9000 block of South Virginia Street saw two large truck tires in the front passenger seat and a 3-week-old baby lying on the back seat. Flint also allegedly possessed meth and marijuana.

Social workers took custody of her infant.

From the Reno Gazette-Journal

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