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Latest news: 06-25-2010

Meth indictments may point to growing trend

GA - Laws restricting the purchasing and possession of ingredients used in making methamphetamine have created problems for methamphetamine cookers, but production of the drug seems to be increasing. The Colquitt County Drug Enforcement Team made arrests in two meth operations in May, one of which involved a rolling laboratory.

Full story, The Moultrie Observer

Meth usage drops in Idaho

ID - Across the country - and especially Idaho - meth use has fallen dramatically. But why? A decade ago, the ubiquity of the do-it-yourself methamphetamine labs made for a lot of lazy go-to punch lines about Spokane and Kootenai County. Back then, Spokane and North Idaho were both repeatedly referred to as “meth capitals.” But today, those labs have, for the most part, disappeared. “We’ve seen the lab just fall of the table locally,” Major Ben Wolfinger of the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office says. “Local dealers, they’re not cooking from their own meth. They’re bringing it from outside the area.”

Full story, The Pacific Northwest Inlander

Calexico, Calif. port officers discover 18lbs. liquid meth hidden in suv

CA - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico, Calif., downtown port of entry arrested two female U.S. citizens after they discovered 18 pounds of liquid methamphetamine concealed inside the windshield washer reservoir of the sport utility vehicle in which they entered the country. At about 2 p.m. on June 22, the 50-year-old and 29-year-old residents of Atwater, Calif., arrived at the Calexico downtown port of entry driving a black 2004 Chevy Trail Blazer. During the vehicle primary examination a narcotics detector dog alerted to the front right side of the vehicle. Officers then escorted the driver, passenger and vehicle to the secondary lot for further investigation.

Full story, The Tribune Weekly Chronicle

Parents high on meth try to sell baby for $25

CA - A Salinas man tried to sell his 6-month-old daughter outside a Walmart store late Tuesday, Salinas police reported. Cmdr. Tracy Molfino said Patrick Fousek, 28, was carrying the child in the store's parking lot about 7:20 p.m. when he asked to borrow a cell phone from two women and struck up a conversation. He offered to sell his daughter to the women for $25 while the child's mother waited in a nearby vehicle, police said.

Full story, The Monterey County Herald

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