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Latest news: 08-16-2010

Ind. State Police taking battle against meth online

IN - This year, Indiana has removed more than 100 children from homes where methamphetamine labs were found – on track to be the most ever. Indiana State Police 1st Sgt. Niki Crawford said Friday the agency hopes a new Web-based program that was years in the making will help streamline efforts to combat the drug. In a conference room at the Indiana State Police’s Toll Road post, in a region of the state that has seen much of the drug’s activity, Crawford demonstrated elements of the website and rattled off statistics that motivated its creation. More than a third of the children removed from homes where meth labs are found test positive for the drug, she said.

Full story, The Journal Gazette

Meth lab cleanups hot, but safe

AL - About once a month, Houston County Sheriff’s narcotics detectives pull on their white full-body protective suits, complete with a breathing mask and two pairs of gloves, as they collect evidence at a meth lab. Sgt. Jackie Smith, the supervisor of the department’s drug unit, said they’ve responded to an average of one meth lab per month so far through the first seven plus months of 2010. “The suits protect us from the chemicals,” Smith said. “It’s all toxic, and we have to treat it like toxic waste.”  The Houston County narcotics detectives most recently donned their protective suits after they were called to a meth lab late last month at a mobile home near Pansey and Gordon. On that recent Saturday with  temperatures exceeding 100 degrees, the officers took shifts collecting their evidence in their suits. To help combat the heat they wore cooling gel vests and collected their evidence in stages taking small breaks.

Full story, The Dothan Eagle

Meth's evolution is one of destruction

AL - Jackie Smith stood on the front porch of a trailer in Cottonwood in 2003, and watched flames shoot from the roof. Seven years later, Smith vividly remembered the details of the fire, which he said was the result of a meth lab explosion. “He was in the middle of a cook, we could see in the window of the mobile home, and he had started a fire in the bathroom,” Smith said. ”It went up like a candle. We didn’t have time to do anything but get out of the way.” No one was seriously injured, but several deputies were checked out on the scene. Smith said he’s seen the methamphetamine problem for the Houston County area evolve in a variety of different ways after what he believes was Houston County’s first such case in 1996. He described two basic types of meth -- its purest form called “ice”, most often imported into Houston County from Mexico, and the home-cooked method.

Full story, The Dothan Eagle

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