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Captured fugitive blames meth for triple homicide

Thurston County, WA - Acting on a tip, Thurston County sheriff’s deputies staking out a residence Monday near Rainier arrested a 42-year-old man wanted in connection with a triple homicide in Eastern Oregon.

Gregory Alvin Cook was arrested by sheriff’s deputies without incident around 11 a.m. at a residence in the 10000 block of Vail Cut-Off Road, said Thurston County Chief Criminal Deputy James Chamberlain. Deputies began surveillance Sunday night.

Full story, The Olympian

Washington, Mo. keeps anti-meth law

Washington, MO - The city council in the eastern Missouri town of Washington has decided keep an anti-methamphetamine law that restricts the sales of cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine.

The council voted 5-2 Monday to kill an ordinance that would have repealed the previous bill that requires a prescription to purchase pseudoephedrine-based medicines through a pharmacy. The decision came despite the threat of a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Police have praised the law adopted earlier this summer. Franklin County, where Washington sits, is annually among the counties with the highest number of meth lab busts in the nation.

From the Belleville News-Democrat

Actor Michael Douglas' son busted for meth deal  

New York, NY - The son of Academy Award winner Michael Douglas has been arrested once again — this time in the Big Apple for getting in the middle of a deal to sell an eye-popping pile of crystal meth, law-enforcement sources said yesterday.

The 30-year-old sometime-actor/sometime-DJ was busted on July 28 at the Gansevoort Hotel in the Meatpacking District by a DEA task force, the sources said.

Full story, FOX News

Mexican drug cartel member arrested at church 

Apatzingan, Mexico - Police raiding a church service in western Mexico arrested a man suspected of moving a half-ton of crystal methamphetamine into the United States each month, federal officials said Monday.

Authorities detained Miguel Angel Beraza, known as "the Truck," and another suspect after surrounding a church in Apatzingan, in Michoacan state, said Ramon Pequeno, head of the Federal Police's anti-drug unit. About 40 others at the Mass were brought in for questioning.

Full story, The Washington Post

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