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Ind. considering new laws to fight meth in state

IN - As Indiana heads for what could be another record year for meth lab busts, law enforcement officers are gearing up for a tough legislative battle with big-chain retailers about the fate of a common cold remedy. The next legislative session doesn’t start until January. But supporters of a law that would require a doctor’s prescription for products containing pseudoephedrine are lining up testimony and gathering research to make their case to lawmakers this summer. Their argument: Indiana’s past attempts to limit the sale of the key ingredient used by kitchen-sink chemists to make a dangerously addictive illegal drug have been ineffective and wasted millions in taxpayer dollars.

Full story, The News and Tribune

Law enforcement busts theft, meth ring

TX - Area law enforcement officers have recovered $100,000 worth of stolen items they say were taken to buy meth. This is a major theft ring bust thanks to the joint effort of East Texas agencies. So far, nine suspects have been arrested and authorities are searching for more. Smith County Constable Dennis Taylor says the thieves struck all across East Texas, including Smith, Wood, Van Zandt, and Anderson Counties. Investigators say they are career criminals - by day, staking out East Texans' homes and by night, returning to steal anything left out. They say the ring would take anything and everything they could get their hands. "Everything was sold or traded for methamphetamine, everything," said Taylor..

Full story, from KLTV-TV

Students "scared straight" by Hawaii meth project

HI - The 11th-graders in Kaleo Akim's first-period class sat with their jaws agape yesterday as they stared at photos of how crystal methamphetamine can ravage the teeth, gums and mouths of teenagers like them. "That gets their attention," Jennifer Phakoom, program manager for the Hawaii Meth Project, said before her presentation to 19 students at Kaimuki High School. "Kids are very concerned with their physical appearance, and scabs, sores and 'meth mouth' definitely make an impression with them."
Two months after launching a new series of television commercials and ads, the Hawaii Meth Project is taking its message of "Not Even Once" to a new generation of island school kids, in groups large and small, beginning yesterday with Akim's "Advancement Via Individual Determination" -- or AVID -- students.

Full story, The Honolulu Star Advertiser

Dallas arrest yields drugs, grenades, guns, cash

TX - A Dallas couple believed to be associated with a Mexican drug cartel was arrested after a search of their home yielded 10 pounds of methamphetamine, an ounce of cocaine and 17 weapons, Texas Department of Public Safety officials said Thursday. Pedro Galvan, 36, was pulled over on Interstate 45 near Ferris July 29 for a routine traffic stop. Galvan had no driver's license or insurance, and troopers found $25,350 in cash and 96 grams of methamphetamine in his vehicle. Galvan was immediately taken into custody.

Full story, from TXA-TV

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