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Latest news: 06-28-2010

Iowa pharmacies to track meth ingredient electronically

IA - Right now pharmacies across Iowa are converting to a new way of tracking the sale of some of the most common types of cold medications. In order to combat the manufacture of illegal methamphetamine, pharmacies have been required to track each sale of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine using a paper log. Now, Iowa pharmacies are going digital. North Scott Pharmacy in Eldridge can sell a product containing ephedrine 25 or more times a day. That means reaching under the counter for a paper log book 25 or more times each day to manually check names, addresses, driver's licenses, and dates of sale.

Full story, KWQC-TV

Blue-colored meth marketed in Hillsboro, Ore.

OR - Police say dope dealers in Hillsboro and across the country are apparently using an old-school marketing technique to boost sales, tinting their methamphetamine sky-blue, then claiming it is a more potent product. Agents with the Westside Interagency Narcotics team say their was a significant quantity of “blue meth” mixed in with a pound-and-a-half of the drug seized June 18 and 19 in raids at two Hillsboro apartments. Two Mexican nationals, 31-year-old Bulmaro Bermudez-Ortiz and 37-year-old Salvador Rangel-Cruz were arrested on suspicion of distribution, manufacture and possession of a controlled substance. Previous tests have revealed no chemical difference between the blue and the original off-white product, said Washington County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Rich Preim, a member of the county narcotics team.

Full story, The Hillsboro Argus

Drugs worth $145 million seized in Calif. county

CA - Sheriff's deputies found a tractor trailer packed with $45 million in drugs during a routine traffic stop in Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday. The bust was one of the largest ever made in San Bernardino County, and included thousands of pounds of marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine, San Bernardino County sheriff's officials said. The sheriff's Hi-Intensity Criminal Interdiction Unit stopped a big rig on the eastbound 10 Freeway for a traffic violation at 11 a.m. The driver, Fernando Luevano, 32, of Los Angeles, did not have proper paperwork for his load. He gave deputies permission to search the trailer.

Full story, San Bernardino Sun

Man receives 60 years for meth

TX - A 32-year-old Bowie man was sentenced to 60 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of manufacturing methamphetamine. Cody Leroy Moore was arrested March 12, 2009, by the Montague County Sheriff’s Office on a complaint of manufacture-delivery of a controlled substance over 400 grams. At his arrest north of Bowie on RC Road, Moore was found with drug lab components as well as 1,018 grams of methamphetamine, both liquid and finished product. The jury took just 30 minutes for its deliberation last week before returning a guilty verdict. It took the panel one hour to determine punishment, returning with a prison term of 60 years.

Full story, Times Record News

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