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Latest news: 07-01-2010

Bill to increase meth dealer jail sentences gains momentum

CA - A bill by Assembly-member Alyson Huber is one step closer to becoming law after passing the Senate Public Safety Committee. AB 640 would enhance current sentences on individuals convicted of selling methamphetamine by imposing a minimum jail term of 120 days as a condition of probation, similar to penalties currently faced by cocaine and heroin dealers. "Methamphetamine use is at a crisis point in the state, and in my own district, meth has a greater impact on public safety than other drugs," Huber said. "One of the ways we can break the cycle of use is by cracking down on the dealers that sell the drugs. If the meth pushers are behind bars, drug addicts and drug infested communities can cleanup and break the cycle of drug abuse."

Full story, The Ledger-Dispatch

Caregiver charged with cooking meth

MS - Narcotics investigators went to check on a 75-year-old Saucier man and allegedly found his caregiver cooking meth. Sheriff’s Capt. Troy Peterson said the man’s family had concerns about what was happening in his home since a caregiver had moved in to take care of him. Officers smelled a strong chemical odor as soon as they went in around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, Peterson said. Officers arrested Rebecca Marie Hartfield, 39, on charges of manufacturing meth and possession of meth. They called in a hazardous-waste disposal team for cleanup.

Full story, The Sun Herald

No evidence found in boys meth overdose

NY - The source of methamphetamine that caused Sherrill Police Chief James Hastings’ grandson to hallucinate from an overdose may never be known. New York State Police, charged with investigating the six-year-old’s Feb. 16 overdose, have not found evidence to hold anyone responsible for the incident that put the child in the hospital for several days. Investigator Mark Nell said the police agency does not have enough evidence to charge anyone relating to the overdose. “We were never able to find out where the child was exposed to the drug,” he said. Troopers were not notified of the overdose until three days after the child was hospitalized, Nell said, giving the person responsible plenty of opportunity to clean up possible evidence.

Full story, The Oneida Daily Dispatch

Woman with month-old baby arrested on meth charge

IN - Evansville police made two separate methamphetamine arrests Thursday, including one at the Motel 6 on U.S. 41. involving the mother of a month-old child. According to an Evansville Police Department report, Karla Buchanan, 22, of Evansville was arrested at 4 p.m. and faces a preliminary charge of dealing methamphetamine and neglect of a dependent. Police, who had received a tip that drug activity was occurring at the motel room, said the month-old baby girl found lying on the bed was turned over to Child Protective Services which planned to screen the child for exposure to any chemical hazards.

Full story, The Evansville Courier & Press

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