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U.S. Sen. Baucus discusses progress of curbing meth use

MT - Meth crime in Montana is down because law enforcement agencies are working together, but there’s more to be done, U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., told a service group Tuesday. Baucus, speaking to the Billings Downtown Exchange Club, said the state had made progress fighting methamphetamine crime in the past few years, improving the lives of children and the community. The Exchange Club focuses on youth-oriented programs including child abuse prevention. Meth crime isn’t as pervasive as it was in 2002 when Baucus first took it up as a cause by speaking with school children about the pitfalls of drugs. Now prescription drug abuse on the rise and the same coordinated efforts are needed.

Full story, The Billings Gazette

Sheriff teams with garbage collectors to fight crime, meth

IL - The Cook County Sheriff's Department is teaming up with garbage collectors to fight crime. The Sheriff is training Waste Management employees on how to spot and report suspicious activities. "Using an ounce of common sense, who sees more of the comings and goings of a neighborhood than waste haulers?" said Sheriff Tom Dart. "Up and down alleys, up and down blocks, on a regular basis." The program is called "Waste Watch." Garbage haulers will be looking for things like methamphetamine labs and marijuana grow houses, which can be identified by their large chemical canisters and empty barrels.

Full story, from WFLD-TV

Mother arrested after 5-year-old tests positive for meth

NM - A 5-year-old who tested positive for drugs is in protective custody after being exposed to second-hand methamphetamine smoke, according to the Do a Ana Sheriff's Office. Her mother, Marlene Sandoval, was arrested and charged with negligent child abuse Tuesday afternoon after an acquaintance reported concerns that Sandoval's daughter had been burned and hadn't seen a doctor. The little girl was allegedly burned after her mother's boyfriend rushed to take a pan of burning ribs from the oven, where rainwater hit the pan and caused the grease to splatter onto him and the girl, according to documents filed in court Tuesday by investigator Bo Nevarez.

Full story, The Las Cruses Sun-News

Meth labs and burglary ring brought down

TN - The Stewart County Sheriff's Department has busted two methamphetamine labs in Bumpus Mills. On Monday, Aug. 2, a stolen-property warrant was served at 861 Bumpus Mills Rd. and more than 20 items were discovered related to four burglary cases. Discovery of the meth labs, according to Chief Deputy Deryk Wyatt, was a bonus. Three labs have been busted in the last three weeks, the first in Big Rock leading to the arrest of 47-year-old Joseph Mattox. That's a lot of activity on the meth front in a short period of time. "We're afraid meth is trying to make a comeback," Wyatt said.

Full story, The Stewart Houston Times

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