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Latest news: 07-19-2010

Ala. county challenged by 'shake and bake' meth

AL - Last February, 11-year-old Kristen Kelley drank from a leftover bottle of Sprite to quench her thirst after jumping on a trampoline. A few seconds later, Kelley began choking as she walked into her parents’ Weaver home. When her father asked her what was wrong, Kelley told him she thought she’d drunk kerosene. Her parents rushed her to Regional Medical Center, and she was later transported to Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital to be treated for severe throat and stomach burns.

Full story, The Anniston Star

Meth supply links Mexico to Alaska

AK - The once severe problem of methamphetamine manufacturing labs in Alaska has diminished greatly because of a 2006 state law targeting them, but that doesn't mean addicts can't get meth, state officials told legislators recently. Meth now is being supplied mainly by Mexican drug traffickers, and it's a much higher grade than that made by Alaskans, most of whom operated out of homes and apartments in the Mat-Su Borough, officials said last week in giving a status report on methamphetamine to the House Judiciary Committee.

Full story, Anchorage Daily News

Cops snare $1.5M of meth in Ill. county

IL - Waukegan police and the Drug Enforcement Administration teamed up for the largest crystal meth seizure in Lake County history this week. Police seized 16.5 pounds of the drug, also known as “ice,” valued at $1.5 million after meeting two men near the intersection of Washington Street and Green Bay Road at 7:10 p.m. Thursday. Police said the pair wanted to set up a crystal meth distribution point in Waukegan. Arrested were Carlos Escobar-Bojorquez, 29, of Mexico and Jose Cortes, 28, of  Hazelhurst, Ga. Charges were still being approved Friday by the Lake County State’s Attorney Office, police said.

Full story, Lake County News-Sun

Defense wants charges against 14 suspected Sacramento gang members dismissed

CA - A major narcotics case in Sacramento  is fatally tainted, defense lawyers say, by a gang leader federal agents used as an informant even when they knew he continued to deal drugs and engage in violent criminal activity. While Charles Edwin Oak Jr. was their informant, federal agents learned he "was believed to have committed at least one murder and other violent crimes, and that he continued to distribute large amounts of methamphetamine in the Stockton area with Norteños gang members," the lawyers allege. The indictment against their clients should be dismissed, they will argue today in federal court in Sacramento.

Full story, The Sacramento Bee

One dies after meth lab explodes at motel

FL - One person has died after a meth lab exploded Sunday at Northside Motel, at 3837 U.S. 45 North, just north of the Jackson city limits, Sheriff David Woolfork said this morning. Sheriff's Office investigators are not yet releasing the name of the man who died but said he was involved in manufacturing meth in a room at the motel. The man died at a McNairy County hospital after being taken to McNairy County by friends, Woolfork said. Investigators are talking to the friends, he said. The explosion happened sometime midday Sunday in room 24 of the motel, but authorities were not made aware of it until early this morning, Woolfork said. Sheriff's investigators, the Jackson-Madison County Metro Narcotics Unit and firefighters responded to the scene.

Full story, The Jackson Sun

Newborn baby decontaminated after meth lab discovered

KY - Two people were arrested in Laurel County after a meth lab was discovered in a home there and a five-week-old baby in the home had to be decontaminated at a hospital as a result. The incident happened Thursday at a home on Ray Johnson Road. Police say they discovered a working meth lab in the bathtub of the home and a quantity of finished meth in small baggies in the residence. Allen Huffman and Angela Buehler were arrested and charged with manufacturing meth, possession of a controlled substance and wanton endangerment. The newborn baby was taken into custody by social services after being decontaminated at a local hospital.


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