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Latest news: 07-15-2010

Alaska Legislature tries to stay ahead of meth "scourge"

AK - State lawmakers are learning they have some unfinished business when it comes to meth addiction in Alaska. Lawmakers are following up on a law passed four years ago which has helped eliminate several meth labs, but now they say there's a new problem. Local, state and federal governments are constantly trying to find ways to stay ahead of the meth "scourge," as they call it, but the reality is that addiction is tougher than any law currently on the books. Meth busts in the Mat-Su Valley were once common. Over the past decade, the highly addictive drug spread throughout Alaska, as it had throughout much of the lower 48. Law enforcement could hardly keep up.

Full story, from KTUU-TV

DEA says meth deliveries dented

CA - A California man, his daughter and two women in Austin have been arrested as part of a national crackdown on a ring suspected of smuggling large quantities of high-purity methamphetamine to the San Antonio area and beyond. Adan Montalvo, 56, was arrested Tuesday after a raid at a restaurant in Bakersfield, Calif., to face a federal indictment in San Antonio charging him with distributing “ice” — methamphetamine with purity in the 90 percent range. Also arrested was his daughter Christina Montalvo, who is suspected of sending some of the meth to Texas in overnight packages, including some under cover of “Toy Story 3” products, court records show.

Full story, San Antonio Express-News

Long Bech, Fla. Police collect 126 pounds of meth

FL - Police collected 126 pounds of methamphetamine from the Long Beach location, which is in the area of Magnolia and Pacific Coast Highway. The Compton location, in the area of Santa Fe Avenue and Rosecrans Boulevard, held another 13 pounds of cocaine. The two narcotics seizures are estimated to have a combined street value of more than $10 million. In the history of the Long Beach Police Department, this is a record amount of methamphetamine recovered in one drug bust.

Full story, The Long-Beach News

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