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Troops kill alleged founder of Mexican meth trade

Mexico - Mexican troops have killed a top drug kingpin known as the "King of Crystal," in a shootout as he tried to escape from a wealthy suburban hideout. His death is a rare victory for President Felipe Calderon's struggling war on drug cartels and organized crime. Meanwhile, dozens of police officers in the Mexican border city of Tijuana have been arrested in an anti-corruption sweep, and 15 bodies with marks of torture were discovered just over the border from Brownsville, Texas. The U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, where drug hit men were blamed for killing three people connected to the consulate in March, abruptly closed today for security reasons. It's unclear whether any of the developments are related.

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Meth use during pregnancy endangers mom and baby

New research shows that babies born to methamphetamine-using moms face much higher risks of serious complications, compared to babies not exposed in the womb to this illegal street drug. Life-threatening pregnancy complications, such as uncontrolled high blood pressure, are also more common among women who use methamphetamine while pregnant, the researchers found. Methamphetamine, also called meth, is a highly addictive stimulant that users inject, snort, smoke or swallow. A form called crystal meth looks like fragments of glass and is smoked using a glass pipe like those used to smoke crack cocaine.

Full story, Reuters

Tribe looks to tackle meth, gang problems 

Warm Spring, OR - The drug and gang problem in Warm Springs has been hard to miss. A drive-by shooting in February. An attempted shooting of a police officer in May, and a shootout with police just this month. It's not a new problem, nor one that police or tribal leaders shy away from. But it's certainly one the entire community would like to see solved. On Thursday and Friday, the reservation is taking a step toward that goal by educating more than 200 tribal members -- young and old -- about the dangers of methamphetamine abuse and gang involvement.

Full story, KTVZ-TV

W. Va. county sees meth lab numbers rise

Charleston, WV - West Virginia State Police, who arrested seven people at a Cross Lanes meth lab Wednesday, say the number of meth labs in Kanawha County is steadily rising and is now on track to pass last year's record. Lt. Mike Goff, who leads the drug lab task force, said the number of meth labs busted statewide stands at about 103 so far this year. Many of those were found in Kanawha County, especially in the St. Albans area, where officers say they're finding more labs than ever before. At the end of July, the number of labs uncovered in Kanawha County for the year stood at 71, up 11 since the month began. 

Full story, Charleston Daily Mail

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