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Latest news: 8-26-2009

Mexico's new drug law ushered in quietly

Mexico - No dreadlocked revelers smoked celebratory reefers in the streets, no armies of conservatives protested, the Mexican media raised no hullabaloo. Quietly and with little ado, Mexico last week enacted a law to decriminalize possession of small amounts of all major narcotics, including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and crystal meth. Anyone caught in Mexico with two or three joints or about four lines of cocaine can no longer be arrested, fined or imprisoned. However, police will give them the address of the nearest rehab clinic and advise them to get clean.

Full story, TIME

Comic book purchases laundered meth ring money

Denver, CO - Two brothers accused of running a drug ring that imported and distributed millions of dollars worth of methamphetamine in Denver bought hundreds of collector comic books to launder the money, authorities said Monday.

Police seized comic books worth at least $500,000 while arresting Aaron Castro, 29, of and Alfonzo Castro, 30, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said.

Full story, New York Daily News

Jailed attorney arranged for meth delivery

Columbus, KS - Former assistant Cherokee County Attorney Jeffrey Pittman has been charged with trying to have methamphetamine delivered to him in jail.

Assistant Kansas Attorney General Steven Wilhoft filed the charges this week against Pittman, who is an inmate in the Labette County Jail in Oswego.

Full story, Kansas City Star

Tip about meth activity leads to shooting  

Citronelle, AL - The Mobile County Sheriff's Office received an anonymous tip through the "Text Meth" program. Deputies followed the lead, and it took them straight to the scene of what they call an operating meth lab.

District Attorney John Tyson Jr. said when deputies closed in on 42-year-old John McDonald, he pulled out a gun.

Full story, WALA-TV

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