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Cold medicine sales restricted starting today

MS - Starting today, sinus and allergy sufferer Joan Blanks of Pearl won't be able to buy her favorite antidotes without a doctor's blessing. "But, praise the Lord, I've been able to get prescriptions written, and they're good for a year," said Blanks, 79. This day marks the arrival of new restrictions on buying drugs containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, an essential ingredient for making crystal methamphetamine, an illegal, addictive drug experts say destroys families.

Full story, The Clarion-Ledger

Meth arrests rising in New River Valley, Va.

VA - The use of methamphetamine appears to be on the rise in the New River Valley. Virginia State Police report a dramatic increase in the number of meth lab busts and arrests for possession of the highly addictive stimulant over last year. "Meth in general has taken the place of crack cocaine and other drugs due to it's easier to make," Deputy Kirk Hendricks of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office said. "We see more meth than anything else," Investigator Jeff Dalton of the Floyd County Sheriff's Office said. He estimated that meth accounts for 60 percent to 65 percent of drug-related charges filed in the county.

Full story, The Roanoke Times

Mastermind of April ambush in Mexico is arrested

WA - The mastermind of an April ambush and grenade attack on a high-ranking public security official in drug-plagued Michoacan state has been arrested, federal authorities said Wednesday. The perpetrator was a police officer. Miguel Ortiz Miranda, known as "El Tyson," worked for the Michoacan state police from 1999 to 2008, when he resigned. Investigators said that since 2005, Ortiz had also been a captain in the hyper-violent drug cartel La Familia, which operates an archipelago of clandestine methamphetamine factories and traffics narcotics to the United States.

Full story, The Washington Post

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