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Growing trend in 'shake and bake' labs

Tulsa, OK - This is the new formula for methamphetamine: a two-liter soda bottle, a few handfuls of cold pills and some noxious chemicals. Shake the bottle and the volatile reaction produces one of the world's most addictive drugs.

Only a few years ago, making meth required an elaborate lab — with filthy containers simmering over open flames, cans of flammable liquids and hundreds of pills. The process gave off foul odors, sometimes sparked explosions and was so hard to conceal that dealers often "cooked" their drugs in rural areas.

Full story, MSNBC News

Toddler critically burned in lab explosion

FL - Life and work go on for Jimmy Reece, but he says he's been distraught since hearing the news about his neighbor's 1-year-old.

"I just sat down when the officer was telling me about it I couldn't believe I mean that little youngun she just starting to," says Reece.

Full story, WTVY-TV

Over 40 people caught in meth ring bust

Denver, CO - A Fort Collins man has been named in a sweep of dozens of suspected drug dealers who have been arrested after a massive Colorado methamphetamine ring was busted.

Attorney General John Suthers' office said 41 suspects have been arrested and that 19 of those detained are suspected of violating the Colorado Organized Crime Act. Jason Bradley Spivack, 39, of Fort Collins is listed as a participant in the drug ring.

Full story, The Coloradoan

Pro golfer's dad sentenced to prison for meth

HI - The father of professional golfer Tadd Fujikawa yesterday was sentenced to at least a year in prison after he pleaded guilty to two counts of dealing crystal methamphetamine to undercover police officers.

Since his arrest last year, Derrick Fujikawa has turned his life around, completing a drug-treatment program on the Mainland and regaining his old job as a construction supervisor, said his lawyer, Victor Bakke.

Full story, Honolulu Advertiser

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