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Latest news: 08-24-2010

Meth bust off San Diego waters record seizure for agents

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents made a record seizure of methamphetamine over the weekend in the waters off San Diego, it was announced today. Agents found 144 pounds of meth — the largest such seizure off the San Diego coast — around 12:30 p.m. Sunday after they boarded a 23-foot Bayliner just outside Mission Bay upon its return from Mexico, according to the agency. The methamphetamine was discovered in a secret compartment below the deck, along with 10 pounds of cocaine, the CBP reported. The drugs have a combined estimated street value of $3 million. The vessel was escorted to shore and the boater, a U.S. citizen whose name was not released, was turned over to customs agents.

Full story, The Southwest Riverside News Network

Benefit concert set for Mothers Against Meth

AL - Musical act Three on a String will be performing a benefit concert for Mothers Against Methamphetamine on Thursday. “We just thought Three on a String would be entertaining,” said Mary Holley, director of MAMA. “The goal is just for people to have fun and to raise money.”  The musical act describes itself as a “musical comedy of old classics, country, bluegrass and folk music. The group uses guitar, harmonica, fiddle, bass, banjo and “corny jokes served up with style” to entertain audiences. In addition to the show, attendees can bid by silent auction on a football signed by The University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban and a football signed by Auburn University head coach Gene Chizik. Holley said she founded MAMA 10 years ago after her brother committed suicide due to a meth addiction. “That’s when I started teaching others about meth and what it can do,” she said.

Full story, The Sand Moutain Reporter

17 people charged for running drug "smurfing" conspiracy

TX - 17 people have been charged after a multi-agency drug bust Friday afternoon. Eight face federal charges and the other nine face state charges. Of the 17 arrested, four were already in custody and one is still on the loose and police need your help in finding him. On the federal side, a 428-count indictment was unsealed Monday morning, charging eight area residents with various offenses related to their operation of a "smurfing" conspiracy. "Smurfing" is to make multiple purchases from multiple pharmacies, of small legal amounts of pseudoephedrine, a chemical used to manufacture meth. Clandestine methamphetamine laboratory components and precursor chemicals, methamphetamine, pseudoephedrine and a short-barreled rifle were seized during the arrests.

Full story, KCBD-TV

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