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Student meth use drops in Montana

Billings, Mont. - A national survey by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that fewer Montana teens are using methamphetamine. The 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Survey is given to students in grades eight, 10 and 12. Just over 3 percent of students reported using meth at least once.

That's down from 4.6 percent in 2007 and 8.3 percent in 2005. The survey is conducted every two years. Attorney General Steve Bullock's office released additional statistics on meth use in the state showing a 62 percent drop in meth-related crime between 2005 and 2008.

- The Associated Press

Mom gets even by leading cops to son's meth lab

Nashville, Ark. - Police in Nashville say a woman led officer's to her son's methamphetamine lab after fighting with him.

Police have arrested 28-year-old Joseph Pumilia and 21-year-old Brandi Stone of Nashville for possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to manufacture methamphetamine.

Investigator Larry Marion says Pumilia's mother was mad because he had pushed her to the ground during a fight.

Marion says the mother allowed police to search her home and officer found evidence of a meth lab.

Both Pumilia and Stone are being held in the Howard County jail on $100,000 bond.

From the Pine Bluff Commercial

Multiple meth convictions for former prosecutor

Galena, KS - Once in charge of prosecuting criminals, a former lawyer finds himself on the other side of the law facing meth charges.

Jeffrey Todd Pittman is a former lawyer because he's already been disbarred, and court documents details a criminal history involving drug convictions and a penchant for not showing up to court procedings or serving the required time.

Pittman worked as the assistant county prosecutor of Cherokee County, Kansas, from March 2001 to February 2002.

After leaving the county to go into private practice Pittman was convicted of intent to make meth in Ottawa County, Oklahoma, in June 2007.

Full story, KOAM TV

No bail reduction for accused rolling meth cooker

Terre Haute, IN — A bail reduction has been denied for a Terre Haute man who allegedly led police on a chase while anhydrous ammonia leaked from a rolling meth lab in the truck he was driving.

Vigo Superior Court Division 6 Judge Michael Lewis has denied a request by Dennis Dillon, 40, to reduce his bail to $50,000 with 10 percent allowed. It remains at $75,000 with no 10 percent allowed.

Dillon faces multiple charges including dealing methamphetamine, possession of precursors, possession of methamphetamine and resisting law enforcement. He was arrested May 31 for his alleged involvement in a police pursuit that began near 25th Street and Miller Drive, and ended when the truck crashed in the 3400 block of Moyer Road.

Four Terre Haute Police Department officers were taken via ambulance to Regional Hospital for treatment of inhalation injuries received during the pursuit and apprehension of Dillon.

From TribStar.com

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