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Latest news: 07-09-2010

Area judges, prosecutors agree to new probation terms for meth convictions

SIKESTON, MO - Probation for methamphetamine convictions in the 33rd Circuit Court is now likely to have a new restriction. The Sikeston Standard Democrat reported local judges and prosecutors for the circuit court have agreed to begin adding a new condition of probation for those pleading guilty to methamphetamine-related charges. The new condition prohibits these individuals from purchasing or possessing any substance containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine during their probation. The idea was proposed by Kevin Glaser, coordinator of the SEMO Drug Task Force. "I believe that implementing this condition of probation is no different than prohibiting a person with an alcohol-related crime from possessing or purchasing alcohol," Glaser said.

Full story, The Southeast Missourian

Man receives 10-year sentence in North Seattle meth deal

WA - A Bothell resident caught with nearly nine pounds of methamphetamine was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison. Arrested in Las Vegas during a traffic stop, Rafael Aviles Moreno, 27, stood accused of arranging three deliveries of methamphetamine totally 28 pounds of the drug, according to a U.S. Justice Department statement. He fled when, on Nov. 20, 2008, agents attempted to arrest him in the parking lot of a North Seattle Mexican restaurant; two men acting as his bodyguards were apprehended at the scene.

Full story, The Seattle Post Intelligencer

Slain officer's son sentenced in meth-ring case

IA - The son of a slain Waterloo police officer was sentenced for his role in one of the largest drug rings in north Iowa on Wednesday. William Mehlhorn was only 4 years old when his father was gunned down by a fleeing burglar in downtown Waterloo in 1956. On Wednesday, Mehlhorn, now 59 and stricken with multiple sclerosis, slowly limped into U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids with the help of a cane to take his punishment. Judge Linda Reade sentenced Mehlhorn to seven years and three months in federal prison for his plea to conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.

Full story, The Waterloo Daily Courier

Man arrested for exposing child to meth

TX - The Angelina County Sheriff's Office has arrested a Lufkin man for exposing his two-year-old son to drugs. According to an arrest affidavit, Nathan Wade Cannon, 25, was stopped on a traffic stop on June 20 on Grimes Cemetery Road, as he was coming from a known meth house. The officer found two small bags of meth and marijuana in his front left pocket. Cannon's son was in the car at the time of the stop.
The affidavit states a state agency conducted a hair test on June 28. The boy tested positive for drugs.

Full story, from KTRE-TV

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