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Latest news: 07-12-2010

Meth labs again on the rise in Oklahoma

By May's end, law enforcement officers reported seizing nearly 300 meth labs, putting the state on track to exceed the 743 labs found in 2009, data from the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control shows. The majority of the labs seized now are one-pot labs, said Darrell Weaver, executive director of the bureau. Most are located in northeast Oklahoma and around the Tulsa area. Bureau records show in May law enforcement officers in Oklahoma City seized a single one-pot lab while their counterparts in Tulsa found 23.

Full story, The Oklahoman

Youth counselor arrested in meth lab bust

VA - A woman arrested this month – along with two men when police busted a string of Russell County meth labs – was a youth counselor with Highlands Detention Alternatives Program, an outreach program for troubled kids funded by the government. “This is as embarrassing as it gets,” said Appalachian Juvenile Commission Executive Director Tim Dotson. “I mean, we work with kids. It makes me mad, it does. It really makes me mad.” Jill Renee Breeding, of Lebanon, was arrested July 2 on a list of charges including distribution of methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine with a child present, child abuse and distribution of marijuana. Her live-in boyfriend, Matthew Wampler, and another man, Zebulon Paul Williams, were arrested on similar charges. 

Full story, The Bristol Herald Courier

4 year-old abducted at gunpoint by meth addicted mom

MO - Devon Denman was taken early Saturday morning after his mom and her boyfriend allegedly held Denman's dad at gunpoint. The incident happened on Eagle Nest Road near Lake Ozark, Missouri. Devon is supposed to turn 5 years old Sunday, but now his father fears for his life. The Miller County Sheriff says both the mom and her boyfriend are no strangers to authorities. "I turn around right here and he's standing there pointing a gun at me," said Paul Denman as he stood in his kitchen.

Full story, from KSPR-TV

From thief, meth addict to nurse, one day at a time

CA - If you noticed a fashionably dressed young woman slip into an E-class Mercedes at Fashion Island some eight years ago, you may have witnessed a thief in action. Melanie would case the parking lot, find the unlocked luxury cars, and go about her business – stealing laptops, cameras, iPods, bags of new clothes, anything she could fence. The reason was simple. Melanie, who grew up in South County, desperately needed money. By her own account, she was an alcoholic and a methamphetamine addict.

Full story, The Orange County Register

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