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Latest news: 8-21-2009

Personal drug use decriminalized in Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico - Mexico enacted a controversial law on Thursday decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and other drugs while encouraging government-financed treatment for drug dependency free of charge.

The law sets out maximum “personal use” amounts for drugs, also including LSD and methamphetamine. People detained with those quantities will no longer face criminal prosecution; the law goes into effect on Friday.

Full story, The New York Times

Coalition to launch anti-meth media campaign

Yakima, WA - A local coalition will outline plans today for a two-month long anti-meth campaign that started Monday.

The Yakima County Sheriff's Office, Citizens for Safe Yakima Valley Communities and the county's Meth Action Team is spending $46,000 on advertising to run public service announcements in local English- and Spanish-language media.

Full story, Yakima Herald-Republic

Child tests postive for meth

Alamogordo, NM - A 23-year-old Alamogordo woman is jailed at the Otero County Detention Center for child abuse after her 3-year-old child tested positive for methamphetamine on July 8, a Department of Public Safety spokesman said.

Sgt. David Hunter said Crystal Rhodes also was charged with residential burglary, larceny, conspiracy and receiving and disposing of stolen property.

Full story, The Alamogordo Daily News

Meth lab found in semi     

Wellsville, KS - A big rig driver was found by Wellsville police to have a meth lab stashed inside his semi.

The chief of police in Wellsville saw a semi drive through the city Thursday morning and recognized the driver as having warrants out for his arrest from Kansas City, Kan. The chief pulled the semi over and as he searched the cab, discovered the potentially dangerous concoction of chemicals.

Full story, KCTV-TV

Police arrest teen after finding meth

Salina, KS - An 18-year-old Salina woman was arrested after police found almost a quarter of an ounce of methamphetamine in the car she was driving.

A police officer saw Macy K. Eden, 303 S. Fifth, commit a traffic violation about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, said Lt. Jim Norton of the Salina Police Department.

The officer who pulled her car over was a canine officer. He became suspicious and searched the car after his dog indicated there were illegal drugs present, Norton said.

Drug paraphernalia and an inoperable gun were found in the vehicle, and almost a quarter ounce of meth was found in Eden's possession, Norton said.

From the Salina Journal

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