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Latest news: 8-12-2009

Drug ring smashed, 108 arrested    

Columbia, SC - Federal and local investigators announced they have broken up an elaborate drug ring in our area.

A gang task force launched the investigation back in May.

Full story, WYFF-TV

West Virginia starting to see 'shake and bake' labs

Charleston, WV - A new and simpler method of manufacturing methamphetamine, called "Shake and Bake," is just beginning to show up in West Virginia, according to state police.

A speaker at a drug conference in Charleston Tuesday said the state can be prepared to see the trend sweep the state as it is expected to sweep the nation.

Full story, Charleston Daily Mail

Meth trafficker receives life sentence  

Kansas City, MO - Bryan G. Leonard was running one of the biggest meth labs the Kansas City area has ever seen.

He had been freed early several times from previous drug sentences, prosecutors said. And when law enforcement knocked on his door Sept. 5, 2007, Leonard was ready — activating an escape plan that leveled his house, put officers’ lives at risk, endangered the public and even killed his own dog.

Full story, Kansas City Star

Man, stabbing victim both meth addicts   

Fort Payne, AL - The Monday night stabbing death of a 24-year-old Marshall County woman "was the tragic end of a long line of meth and domestic violence," DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris said Tuesday.

Harris said John Mark Collum Jr., 27, of Albertville is being held in the county jail here without bond in connection with the death of his girlfriend, Kristi Renee Wolf of Douglas, who was stabbed or cut about 50 times "all over her body." He said during a noon news conference Tuesday that his investigators are waiting to hear from District Attorney Mike O'Dell before formally charging Collum in the killing.

Full story, The Huntsville Times

Treatment home manager dealt meth   

Santa Cruz, CA - The manager of a sober living environment and two of his three tenants were arrested on drug charges after sheriff's narcotic detectives raided the Seabright House and found methamphetamine worth nearly $1,000 Tuesday afternoon.

Detectives believe the home manager, Donald Peter, was selling meth at the house and acting as a dealer for some of the SLE residents, who must stay clean to live in the house, according to Sgt. Mark Yanez, who oversees the Sheriff's Office drug investigation team.

Full story, San Jose Mercury News

Parents, son busted for meth   

Slater, LA - Three members of the same family were in custody Tuesday in connection with a methamphetamine investigation carried out by the Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force.

Renee Lynn Fagan, 46, Michael Todd Fagan, 48, and Benjamin Todd Fagan, 24, all of 2121 N.W. 158th Ave., have been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of precursors of methamphetamine and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

Full story, The Des Moines Register

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