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Latest news: 8-19-2009

County debates cold medicine bill

Hillsboro, MO - Over an hour of testimony in favor of a bill being touted as the panacea to Jefferson County's methamphetamine lab problem appeared to do little to convince two county executives that it will work.

The other county executive, Chuck Banks, proposed a bill in July that would require a prescription for the sale of some common cold and allergy medications that contain pseudoephedrine, the key ingredient found in meth.

Full story, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Gang used family members to traffic meth    

San Diego, CA - Thirteen suspected members of an Asian street gang, including two accused of using family members to distribute methamphetamine in San Diego, are scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on drug trafficking charges.

The suspects were arrested at the end of a two-year probe dubbed "Operation Setting Sun," which targeted a San Diego gang called the Tiny Oriental Crips, or TOC, according to a pair of federal indictments unsealed Tuesday. Two of the suspects identified during the investigation remain at large.

Full story, KGTV-TV

Drug task force makes funding appeal to senator

Montrose, CO - Regional law enforcement leadership presented an oft-repeated message to a new audience Tuesday. They told Sen. Michael Bennet in no uncertain terms that the feds need to step up funding efforts for rural drug enforcement.

Bennet did not promise new funding sources, but pledged to “shake some trees” toward that end.

Full story, Montrose Daily Press

Mom of kidnapped kids arrested for meth

Phoenix, AZ - The mother of two children kidnapped early Tuesday morning was arrested on drug charges hours after the family was reunited, leading investigators to refer her children to Child Protective Services.

Marisa Sandoval, 20, was arrested Tuesday afternoon after officers serving a search warrant on her home found several pounds of methamphetamine and drug parapher

Full story, The Arizona Republic

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