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Latest news: 08-19-2010

Traffic stop nets 2.2 pounds of crystal meth, $45K

IL - An Illinois State Police trooper found 2.2 pounds of crystal methamphetamine and $45,000 during a traffic stop in Henry County, Ill. As a result of last week’s investigation, three men have been charged in U.S. District Court, Rock Island, with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Chris Endress, director of the Quad-City Metropolitan Enforcement Group, said 2.2 pounds of meth is a large seizure, and Mexican-produced methamphetamine can draw anywhere from $10,000 to $35,000 per pound depending on its purity level and where it is being sold. “Mexican (meth trafficking) is just as prevalent as cocaine or marijuana trafficking throughout the U.S.,” he said.

Full story, The Quad-City Times

Father and son arrested for operating meth lab

GA - A Peachtree City father and son were arrested Monday on multiple charges related to the operation of a meth lab at a Stevens Entry apartment. Harry Charles Osborne, 58, and Jake Harry Osborne, 24, were both charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and manufacturing, dispensing, distributing or possessing controlled substances near a school, possession or use of drug-related objects and reckless conduct, said Peachtree City Police spokesperson Rosanna Dove.

Full story, The Citizen

Police say K.C. gang targeted other criminals

SC - A 49-year-old Greer woman was sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday for operating a meth lab with her husband. Sandra Dean pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Her husband, James Dean, was sentenced last month to more than seven years in prison. On Oct. 22, 2008, Greenville County sheriff’s deputies searched Deans’ home Anderson Ridge Road in Greer. In an out-building near the residence, officers found the fully functional lab. Deputies said when they arrived, the meth lab was still smoking from the process of "cooking" the drug. Investigators said the Deans used addicts to purchase pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in methamphetamine, from local pharmacies. In exchange for the pseudoephedrine, the Deans would provide the addicts with small amounts of meth. The bulk of the methamphetamine produced was sold throughout the Upstate, investigators said.

Full story, from WYFF-TV

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