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Latest news: 8-14-2009

Kentucky could be next to limit cold medicine

London, KY - One Kentucky drug enforcement official said the state should further restrict the availability of the cold medicine pseudo ephedrine in order to curb a new spike in methamphetamine activity.

Stopping the networks of people who buy pseudoephedrine and resell it to meth manufacturers will require making the cold medicine a Schedule IV controlled substance, available only by prescription, or banning it altogether, said Dave Keller, who heads the Kentucky portion of the Appalachia High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.

Full story, Post-Bulletin

Drug traffickers indicted in killings   

San Diego, CA - Members of a group of Mexican drug traffickers have been indicted in the killing of nine people in the San Diego area, authorities announced Thursday. The 17 men also collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in ransom payments for kidnappings, the indictment alleged.

Los Palillos gang -- "The Toothpicks," in English -- operated in the late 1990s and early 2000s in Tijuana as a cell of the Arellano Felix cartel, named for one of Mexico's most notorious drug trafficking families, said Mark Amador, a deputy district attorney.

The gang of U.S. and Mexican citizens moved to the San Diego area around 2002 to deal in marijuana and methamphetamine after a leader was killed in a feud inside the Tijuana-based cartel.

From The Washington Post

City is top in state for meth activity   

Harrisonburg, VA - For two decades, a regional task force has been battling to stem the tide of illegal drugs flowing into Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.

Despite those efforts, the amount of drugs coming into the community has continued to increase, mirroring trends across the United States, police said this week.

Full story, The Daily News Record

Sheriff suspended in wake of deputies' ties to meth ring   

Levelland, TX - A West Texas sheriff has been suspended amid allegations he filed false reports and was incompetent in the hiring and supervision of his staff.

David Kinney on Friday told The Associated Press that he was "shocked" at his removal as Hockley County sheriff and denied wrongdoing.

Full story, KTXA-TV

Woman, 67, could be major meth dealer      

CA - Police said that a 67-year-old Covelo woman they arrested this week is suspected of being one of the biggest dealers of methamphetamine in Round Valley.

On Tuesday, Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force agents served a search warrant at Casita Gallardo restaurant. Another search warrant was served at a Covelo home, Nishiyama said.

Full story, The Ukiah Daily Journal

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