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Latest news: 7-6-2009

About $20M spent on Montana Meth Project ads

MT - If it seems that ads produced and paid for by the Montana Meth Project are everywhere in the state, no wonder.

According to IRS documents that nonprofit organizations are required to file, the Montana Meth Project and the Meth Project Foundation spent just under $20 million between 2005 and 2007, the most recent year for which information is publicly available.

Full story, Helena Independent Record

Nation's oldest drug enforcement agency in line for budget cuts

CA - The north state may be left without several key narcotics officers as part of a state budget cut eliminating 51 task forces from the Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement (BNE), prompting dire warnings about possible increased drug activity.

The bureau heads the Shasta Interagency Narcotics Task Force and supervises seven other drug task forces in Siskiyou, Tehama, Humbolt and Glenn counties from a central office in Redding. The 16 agents out of the Redding office also are the only law enforcement officers north of Sacramento with the training and gear to dismantle methamphetamine labs, said Brett Letendre, a member of the Association of Special Agents (ASA).

Full story, Redding Record Searchlight

Fire caused by meth lab

Chester, PA - Authorities are blaming a homemade methamphetamine lab for sparking a small fire in a rowhome in the 300 block of West 22nd Street early Saturday night.

Stephen Charles Kelly, 49, admitted to police that he was attempting to make meth in his aunt’s home when the combination of chemicals he was using caught fire, according to the affidavit of probable cause written by county Criminal Investigations Division Detective Joseph Hackett.

Full story, The Delaware County Daily Times

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