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Latest news: 7-21-2009

Top meth seller caught with $3.6 million

Tijuana, Mexico - Mexican soldiers have arrested a suspected drug trafficker in the border city of Tijuana who was carrying jewelry, narcotics and $3.6 million in cash.

The Defense Department says Luis Ibarra belongs to a cell in charge of making and trafficking methamphetamine for alleged drug kingpin Teodoro Garcia Simental. Ibarra was detained Saturday.

Garcia Simental has been waging a bloody battle against his former bosses in the Arellano Felix drug cartel.

Meanwhile, police in Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso,say three men were killed outside a bar before dawn Monday.

Chihuahua state prosecutors spokesman Vladimir Tuexi says assailants chased the victims from the bar and shot them in the parking lot.

From the Houston Chronicle

Missouri town considers repeal of anti-meth ordinance

Washington, MO - A decision by the Washington City Council on whether to repeal a law requiring pseudoephedrine to be sold by prescription only will have to wait.

On Monday, the city council in the eastern Missouri town voted 4-3 to table the decision until a meeting next month.

The law was adopted just two weeks ago. Police praised the measure aimed at curbing production of methamphetamine. Franklin County is annually among the counties with the highest number of meth lab busts in the nation.

But there has been some negative feedback. Mayor Dick Stratman says that if it is not repealed, the original ordinance could be rewritten to allow nurse practitioners in the city to also write prescriptions for the drug.


50 people accused of meth 

Charleston, WV - A special grand jury has indicted 50 Jackson County residents on more than 1,000 meth charges including counts of conspiracy, manufacturing and distribution, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Bright said.

Among those arrested was Ravenswood resident Jessica Sullivan, a family law and criminal defense lawyer, he said. Most of the others were blue-collar workers and some who made their way only by selling meth, he said.

Full story, Charleston Daily Mail

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