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Latest news: 08-12-2010

Meth-delivering mom first in Family and Offender Sentencing Alternative

WA - A 19-year-old Richland woman who admitted she helped deliver methamphetamine hopes to be one of the first people in the state to take advantage of a new sentencing alternative to avoid prison time. The Family and Offender Sentencing Alternative, which went into effect June 10, is designed to allow nonviolent defendants with minor children to get supervision and treatment instead of prison. The law, approved by the Legislature earlier this year, was designed to help keep families together and break the cycle of intergenerational crime, according to the state Department of Corrections.

Full story, The News Tribune

Mobile meth labs appearing in mall parking lots

MO - Meth cases in rural areas have been well documented, but now the drug is making its way into shopping mall  parking lots. Incidents have been popping up at the Promenade in Brentwood. "You can find it anywhere these days," said Alderwoman Barbara Clements. Clements has heard plenty of complaints about shake-and-bake meth lab leftovers in the Promenade parking lot. For meth cooks, the new method is quick but just as volatile. Pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in making the drug, is easy to buy. Clements wants to change that.

Full story, KSDK-TV

Suicide attempt yields meth bust

KY - Police responding to a report of a suicide attempt Tuesday discovered a methamphetamine lab hidden behind a Whitley County home, according to Whitley County Sheriff’s Deputy Adam Jarboe. Whitley County Dispatch received a call in the later afternoon that immediately became disconnected, according to Jarboe. Soon after, the same number called back with a woman stating that her son had shot himself in the head, Jarboe said. According to Jarboe, Corbin Police Department and Whitley County EMS responded to the call at the Collins Street home. Upon arriving, Jarboe said police found the injured man inside the home as well as unfinished methamphetamine.

Full story, The Times Tribune

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