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Latest news: 06-22-2010

Drug enforcement officials expect increase in labs

MO - County drug enforcement officials expect the number of meth lab incidents in the county and state to reach a five-year high by the end of the year. Detective Sgt. Jason Grellner, commander of the Franklin County Narcotics Enforcement Unit (FCNEU), predicts there will be about 2,000 labs statewide this year, while the county is on pace to meet or surpass last year's totals. According to El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) statistics, in Franklin County there have been 31 meth lab incidents investigated from Jan. 1 through March 31 - that is the second-highest number of labs next to Jefferson County with 69 meth lab incidents. Through three months, Missouri maintains its No. 1 ranking in the nation with a statewide total of 486 incidents. There were 2,107 meth lab incidents nationwide.

Full story, The Missourian

Mother arrested for meth exposure of affected newborn

AL - Wendy Gale Schrimsher, 28, gave birth to a child this past week at the Women’s Center of the Marshall County Medical Center South. After examining the child, doctors concluded that it had been exposed to methamphetamines during the pregnancy. Tests were made on the child and the mother which confirmed that it had indeed, been exposed to them. Sheriff’s investigators arrested Schrimsher and upon release from the hospital, she was taken to the Marshall County Jail where she is under $500,000 bond. She was charged with abuse and chemical endangerment of a child. The sheriff’s department indicated that the investigation has not been concluded at this time.

Full story, The Birmingham Crime Examiner

Man gets 17 years for transporting 32 pounds of meth

WA - A man arrested as he drove away from his Pasco home with nearly 32 pounds of methamphetamine that was to be partly distributed in Spokane recently was sentenced to 17 years in prison. Mexican national Jesus Guillermo Bueno-Martinez, 34, will be deported after he serves 210 months in federal prison under a sentence imposed last week. He pleaded guilty in January to possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of meth after being arrested on Oct. 2, 2009 as part of a sweeping drug bust that targeted meth distribution in Eastern Washington.

Full story, The Spokesman-Review

Drug ring leader convicted after three year investigation

AK - A jury convicted a man of operating a drug ring that brought large amounts of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine from California to Alaska, prosecutors said Monday. Juan Manuel Mendiola, 28, was convicted Friday of conspiracy and illegally possessing six firearms, including two machine guns. He was arrested on Sept. 19, 2008 after a three-year investigation. Prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Anchorage say the ring had operated since 2005. Thirty-eight witnesses were called to testify for the prosecution in the trial that began three weeks ago in federal court in Anchorage. Testimony revealed that Mendiola ordered the drugs from around California, including Van Nuys and Lancaster, and used private shippers to mail packages to various addresses in Anchorage.

Full story, San Jose Mercury News

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