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Latest news: 7-29-2009

State health official charged with selling meth materials

Lawton, OK - The governor and attorney general on Tuesday called for a longtime state official to resign from the state Health Department’s board because of a criminal charge.

Haskell L. Evans Jr., 68, a Lawton pharmacist, is accused in a state indictment of recklessly selling drugs that can be used to make the illegal stimulant methamphetamine. Prosecutors said there were multiple instances including an alleged sale "to a known meth cook.”

Full story, The Oklahoman

Law helps reduce metal theft by meth addicts

CA - It wasn't long ago when the theft of copper and other semiprecious metals was so rampant that it seemed to be part of some post-apocalyptic world where scavengers roamed the streets.

Power lines were cut down for their copper content, sometimes with fatal results as the thieves were electrocuted.

Full story, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Member of meth ring given 29 year sentence

Indianapolis, IN - An Indianapolis man described as a high-level officer in a methamphetamine trafficking ring was sentenced Tuesday to 29 years in prison.

Jose Luis Medina, 33, had been convicted in a federal court on charges of conspiracy to distribute meth, according to U.S. Attorney Timothy M. Morrison's office.

Full story, The Indianapolis Star

Charges brought against 12 from meth ring

Danville, IL - Drug task force officers finalized a half-year investigation with the arrests of almost a dozen people on methamphetamine-related charges this week.

The arrests, which came as the results of grand jury indictments, successfully break up a ring of suspects buying pseudoephedrine pills from local stores to supply one of the major meth manufacturers in the county, according to Steve Guess, director of the Vermilion County Metropolitan Enforcement Group.

Full story, The Commercial-News

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