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Argentina seizes over 4 tons of meth ingredients

Buenos Aires, Argentina - Argentine customs officers have seized more than four tons of a chemical that can be used to make methamphetamine during an investigation into drug traffickers with ties to Mexico.

Mario Crespo, director of investigations for the customs service, says a total of 4.2 metric tons (4.6 tons) of pseudoephedrine was confiscated at several government warehouses at the port in Buenos Aires on Wednesday. No arrests were made.

Carlos Stornelli, justice minister for the province, says the drug seizure is related to an investigation into a clandestine meth lab that was discovered near Buenos Aires last year at which nine Mexicans were arrested.

From The New York Times

Man gets 20 years for meth    

Independence, MO - A federal judge Wednesday sentenced an Independence man to 20 years without parole for his role in a large-scale conspiracy to make and ship methamphetamine.

Jeremiah L. Harris, also known as “Luke,” was among four others who were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple.

The other co-defendants were Shelli M. Smith, 44, Shawn P. Berkstresser, 42, and Tracy J. Kerr, 39, all of Kansas City, Mo., and Eric V. Cares, 46, of Lee’s Summit.

The five each pleaded guilty to manufacturing more than 15 kilograms of meth from January 2006 to April 2008.

Harris also pleaded guilty to creating a “substantial risk of harm to human life” while making or attempting to make the drug, according to a statement released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Kansas City.

From The Examiner

Email helps merchants deal with meth-related crime   

Bend, OR - We've all heard there's been an increase in thefts, bad checks and shoplifting in the area, but now Bend businesses can do something more to hopefully stop it - and it's as simple as signing up for an e-mail newsletter.

It's called the Merchant Notification Alert program and it's just getting off the ground. Bend police say the goal is to forge a partnership with the community to recognize criminal patterns.

Full story, KTVZ-TV

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